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Senior Director of Programs

Erica Holzaepfel

Erica A. Holzaepfel is a senior strategy, research, and learning professional with more than 15 years of experience acquired through both management and technical positions. She is committed to enhancing client strategies and learning to strengthen the design, implementation, and effectiveness of investments that seek to improve the lives and livelihoods of marginalized and vulnerable populations. As a leader and mentor of diverse staff, she excels at problem solving, guiding teams to develop and deliver high-quality solutions, building and maintaining relationships, and formulating strategic recommendations to improve client performance. Erica has served as Team Leader, Primary Investigator, and Director on more than 40 evaluations, assessments, and studies conducted in over 30 countries around the world. Through these assignments, she has honed her technical expertise in forced migration, humanitarian emergencies, counter-trafficking, nutrition, food security, livelihoods, conflict, human rights, agriculture, youth, and gender.

As Senior Director of Programs, Erica will lead and support the growth of QED’s portfolio, drive QED’s technical and thought leadership, and reinforce QED’s culture of excellence and quality. Erica received her B.A. from St. Lawrence University and holds dual master’s degrees from Tufts University Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy. She is a member of the American Evaluation Association and serves as Co-chair of the Monitoring and Evaluation (M&E) Working Group for the Society for International Development, Washington, D.C.