Program Officer, Global Development and Population Program
Chloe O'Gara is a program officer in the Global Development Program. She helps direct the Foundation's grants to improve the quality of education that children receive in the developing world.
Before joining the Foundation, Ms. O'Gara served as the associate vice president for education and child development at the Washington, D.C.-based Save the Children Federation, where she was responsible for programs, advocacy, and investments to improve basic education and human development of marginalized children around the world.
From 1997 to 2004, Ms. O'Gara was a vice president at the nonprofit Academy for Educational Development, in Washington, D.C., where she founded the Ready to Learn Center, which worked to strengthen the evidence for community-based early childhood and early school programs for vulnerable children. While there, she designed and launched the first large-scale, community-based program to assure the early development and learning of young children affected by AIDS in Kenya, worked on basic education in south and central Asia, evaluated and directed girls' education projects, and contributed to designs of national early childhood programs for Kyrgyzstan and Egypt, among other projects.
Earlier in her career, she worked in a variety of capacities at the United States Agency for International Development and held several academic positions abroad and in the United States, including as a visiting scholar at Stanford University's Food Research Institute.
Ms. O'Gara has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology from Swarthmore College, a master of education degree in early childhood education from the University of Rochester, and a doctorate of education in development, learning, and instruction, also from the University of Rochester.