Grace Cha leads the business development portfolio for DAI’s Global region, and was most recently an Associate Manager on the Partnerships and Insights team within our Center for Digital Acceleration (CDA). In her former role, she brought a mix of business development, project management, and technical expertise for CDA client projects, including leading all project management and operations functions for CDA’s 13-country survey study on micro-, small, and medium enterprises and digital tool use amidst the COVID-10 pandemic, in partnership with Meta and Ipsos.

Prior to joining DAI, Grace held a number of business development and project management roles for global health projects, with cross-cutting experience in leadership training and development, business process improvement, and operations management. She was previously a senior manager at Chemonics International, where she collaborated extensively with executive-level senior management to identify, research, strategize, and advise on pursuing business development opportunities and determining key insights by combining research and analysis with critical business drivers. She concurrently served on the activity core management team for a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) program focused on delivering research, knowledge, and training products to USAID’s Acquisition and Assistance workforce. Grace also brings prior strategy, research, and implementation experience as a graduate assistant at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she conducted and supported research on management, governance, and foreign aid in international development; as a consultant for data-driven social science research consultancy Athena Infonomics, investigating the market for social impact bonds in India; and as a research assistant in the St. Mary’s College of Maryland Department of Psychology, where she designed a study on social media platforms.

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