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Deputy Director for Learning

Jennifer Dahnke


Ms. Jennifer Dahnke’s career in knowledge management (KM), learning, and international development began over 15 years ago – just as the field of KM (and the internet) was emerging.

In her current role as QED’s Deputy Director for Learning, she supports several KM and learning activities such as the USAID Feed the Future Knowledge-Driven Agricultural Development Project (KDAD) and the USAID/Uganda Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning Program (The Learning Contract). This has provided the opportunity to work on a wide variety of assignments: facilitating the development of the National Forum on the State of the Ugandan Child; capturing closeout lessons from USAID/Ecuador; assessing evaluation utilization; conducting a Mission monitoring, evaluation, and learning assessment; and building capacity for collaborating, learning, and adapting approaches.

Previously, Ms. Dahnke served as Chief of Party for the USAID Knowledge-Driven Microenterprise Development (KDMD) project, working with a wonderfully talented team to find and implement creative solutions to KM and organizational learning. Through KDMD’s work with various USAID operating units, including E3, BFS, PPL, IDEA, and the Jamaica Mission, the team planned and hosted events; created communications messages and products; captured and shared information via webinar, audio, and video recordings; developed training courses, both online and in person; built websites; evaluated programs and activities for continuous quality improvement; facilitated dialogue and online discussions; synthesized information and big ideas for ease of use; organized strategic planning processes; and identified, documented, and shared lessons learned and best practices. Taken together, these activities provided a comprehensive platform for KM and learning.

Prior to joining QED, Ms. Dahnke worked in Network Development with Collaborative Communications Group where she led KM and communications strategies to inform and improve public education. She also worked as a program manager with United Way of Metro Chicago/ Americorps, as an English Instructor with WorldTeach in Ecuador, and as an afterschool teacher and literacy tutor with community programs in Boston. Ms. Dahnke started her career as a Managing Editor with Women and International Development at Michigan State University (WID-MSU), where she published the WID Bulletin and organized a variety of events with MSU’s International Center programs.

Jennifer received an EdM in international education development from Boston University and a BA in international relations from James Madison College at Michigan State University.