Leah Berkowitz

Director, Program Quality
New York City, United States

Leah supports Trickle Up’s overall program quality, working with our teams to set and achieve quality standards, and drives strategic alignment. She partners with teams on strategy and program development, giving particular attention to how we engage with partners and governments at different levels, to increase the impact of our work. Leah also supports teams on key themes, including gender, inclusion, COVID-19 and innovative program design. Leah supports learning within and across teams, deepening our shared vision of program quality and the tools to measure and support high quality programming in an evolving world.

Leah has over 25 years’ experience in strategy development, monitoring & evaluation, program design and management, and community and organizational development. Her passions lie with working with vulnerable and marginalized adults and children, and developing and managing programs and strategies which enable them to realize their rights and aspirations. Leah brings expertise in gender and women’s empowerment, child protection, rights-based development, HIV & Aids, sustainable livelihoods and humanitarian response to Trickle Up. She has led and supported teams in West, East and Southern Africa as well as South and Southeast Asia.

Leah has a bachelor's degree in International Relations from Tufts University, and is a native of Colorado. She has spent 27 of the last 30 years living and working in South Africa and considers Johannesburg “home.”

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