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Alysia Johnson Fullen

PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

Ms. Fullen is a skilled management consultant with over twelve years of experience in strategic planning, economic development and the design and delivery of professional training programs. She is a capable project manager and facilitator, a strong writer and able to manage and collaborate effectively in diverse teams. She has worked with clients across the United States and internationally in 9 different countries. She is fluent in Spanish.

RELEVANT EXPERIENCE

Independent Consultant 9/2008 – Present

Engility (formerly known as International Resources Group): Serve as senior facilitator for two USAID employee courses under the Program and Project Management Training Contract: Programming Foreign Assistance (PFA) based on the ADS 200 series (programming policy) and Contracting/Agreement Officer Representative Certification Training Course. Trained approximately 675 USAID staff. November 2009 – Present. Courses delivered include:

  • Programming Foreign Assistance: December 2009, July 2010, August 2010, September 2010, December 2010, January 2011, June 2011, July 2011, September 2011, November 2011, January 2012, February 2012, March 2012, July 2012, August 2012, November 2012, January 2013, February 2013 (2 courses), August 2013.
  • Contracting/Agreement Officer Representative Training Course: August 2010, February 2011, August 2011, October 2011, May 2012, June 2012, December 2012, September 2013.

PLAN International USA: Designed and delivered week-long economic empowerment training curriculum for participants in the Global Women in Management Training Program funded by Exxon Mobile Foundation (formerly managed and delivered by The Centre for Development and Population Activities – CEDPA). Trained 26 women leaders from 20 countries. Courses include: Market Research and Business Planning; Customer and Competitive Analysis; Marketing; and Product Design and Development. Courses delivered: Annapolis, MD, June 2013.

AVINA Americas: Conducted research to identify potential US-based organizations for partnership opportunities. Prepared the ground for closer contact between AVINA and these organizations toward the building of mutually beneficial alliances. March 2013 – May 2013.

Social Impact: Conducted a meta-study to review and consolidate 20 key documents developed between 2007-2012 that impact USAID’s Acquisition and Assistance function for senior leadership in USAID’s Management Bureau. Conducted key informant interviews with senior Office of Acquisition and Assistance staff and served as primary author of final report. November 2012.

The Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA): Designed and delivered week-long training curriculum for participants in the Global Women in Management Training Program funded by Exxon Mobile Foundation. Trained 80 women leaders from 15 countries. Courses include: Social Entrepreneurship; Market Research and Business Planning; Customer and Competitive Analysis; and Marketing and Branding. Courses delivered: Washington, DC, June 2011; Washington, DC, June 2012; Bandung, Indonesia, October 2012.

International Resources Group (IRG): Served on 3-person team responsible for designing and delivering two courses for USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) staff: Project Design Guidance and Strategic Frameworks. Trained approximately 60 USAID E3 staff. November 2011 – September 2012.

  • Delivered Project Design course in January 2012 and April 2012
  • Delivered Strategic Frameworks course in April 2012 and September 2012

MarViva: Conducted research (secondary and primary) to identify potential U.S.-based grant-making foundations, corporate foundations/direct-giving programs and nonprofit organizations with programmatic alignment. Provided guidance to management team on the location and operation of new U.S.-based 501c3 organization. March 2011 – August 2011.

New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC): Served as a facilitator, guiding management team through the business plan development process for a social enterprise venture. October 2010 – February 2011.

Social Impact Architects: Designed half day workshop entitled “Turning Ideas into Opportunities: Creating a Roadmap for Social Enterprise.” October 2010.

AVINA Americas: Conducted research to identify US-based organizations that can be considered peers to Fundacion AVINA and that share similar vision, values and strategy. Prepared the ground for closer contact between AVINA and these organizations toward the building of mutually beneficial alliances. November 2009 – March 2010.

Social Impact Architects: Developed and delivered one day workshop entitled “Advancing Your Mission Through Enterprising Business Opportunities: An Introduction to Social Enterprise” for the Kentucky Community Action Association. October 2009.

The Small Enterprise Education and Promotion (SEEP) Network: Developed training curriculum package for the Minimum Standards of Economic Recovery after Crisis Handbook. Materials developed included facilitation guide, Powerpoint slides, handouts, training of trainers guidelines and course evaluation. August – September 2009.

Community Wealth Ventures: Served clients as an independent contractor, leading nonprofit and public sector consulting engagements. September 2008 – December 2009. Clients served in this capacity include:

  • Greater New Orleans Foundation, Louisiana Association of Nonprofits and Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation: Delivered 6-month training program on business planning concepts to a cohort of 6 nonprofit management teams to help them develop a business plan for a social enterprise in New Orleans, LA.
  • Louisiana Office of Social Entrepreneurship: Developed curriculum for 6-month business planning process that assists nonprofits to develop and grow innovative programs that address social problems.
  • United Way of America: Conducted financial benchmarking and merger experience study of global peer organizations.
  • Hui Malama Learning Center: Developed organizational business plan.

Community Wealth Ventures (CWV) 10/2006 – 9/2008

Senior Consultant Washington, DC

Led consulting engagements, including the development of feasibility studies and business plans for nonprofit organizations pursuing business ventures (social enterprises); designed and implemented market research assignments including survey development and administration and focus groups; financial benchmarking and financial strategies; strategic planning, including performance and social impact measurement systems. Served as project manager with responsibility for overall budget, client relationship, and team of junior level staff.

Led CWV’s curriculum development initiatives, including developing the curriculum for both a 10-month and 6-month business planning process that assists nonprofit organizations to develop social enterprises.

Delivered training programs on business planning concepts and led cohorts of nonprofit executives through a six- to 10- month business planning process to help them develop and grow social enterprises. Worked closely with management teams of 25 nonprofit organizations and numerous funders in Newark, NJ and Dallas, TX.

International Business Machines (IBM), Business Consulting Services 5/2004 – 10/2006

Advanced Consultant Fairfax, VA

Worked under the International Financial Institutions account and focused on business process improvement, design and development of adult training programs and performance tracking and management. Clients served include U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and U.S. Department of State. Client work included:

Department of State, Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI)

Conducted desk reviews of MEPI grants to evaluate effectiveness of project design, indicator reporting, activities work plan and monitoring and evaluation needs.

Identified project accomplishments and implementation and management challenges.

USAID, Office of Human Resources Training and Education Division

Provided training, management and advisory services to USAID for the re-design, development and delivery of the Planning, Achieving and Learning (PAL) Course. PAL is a broad orientation on USAID’s annual cycle of planning, programming, budgeting and operations.

Delivered the PAL Course to over 200 USAID staff (including Foreign Service Officers, Foreign Service Nationals and New Entry Professionals) in Washington, DC, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Jordan, Colombia and Ethiopia.

USAID, Asia and Near East Bureau, Afghanistan Desk Team

Assisted with performance measurement and reporting demands of ANE Management and the Inter-Agency.

Prepared a weekly memo to the Secretary of State highlighting USAID/Afghanistan achievements for the week, as well as creating weekly communications and program briefs on achievements and events for the National Security Council, USG Agencies, the White House and other key stakeholders.

USAID, Asia and Near East Bureau, Tsunami Reconstruction Management Team

Responsible for information management, project performance management, and public outreach and communication.

Measured progress toward established financial and program benchmarks and generated related reports.

National Albanian American Council (NAAC), Hope Fellowship Program 8/2001 – 7/2002

Financial Systems and Program Development Manager Washington, DC

Created alliances between U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) funded program and 40 private, public, and non-profit organizations.

Designed and delivered training program which included project development, leadership and public speaking training.

Designed the financial reporting system and monitored monthly financial reports and $1.5 million program budget.

Led strategic program planning efforts, including the design of $3 million grant extension request; developed and implemented a program monitoring and evaluation process.

Georgetown University, Center for Intercultural Education and Development 3/2000 – 8/2001

Management Training and Professional Development Program Officer Washington, DC

Monitored the implementation of a U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)-funded international e-learning management training program.

Created alliances between the program and leading private and nonprofit organizations in Central America.

Managed tracking and performance measurement systems in four different countries and developed, implemented, and analyzed program evaluation, effectiveness, and impact reports.

Peace Corps, Small Business Development/Microfinance 9/1997 – 12/1999

Volunteer Boaco, Nicaragua

Developed institutional strengthening and strategic planning efforts in a woman’s savings and loan cooperative in collaboration with World Council on Credit Unions (WOCCU) and U.S. Agency for International Assistance (USAID).

Trained 400 people on microfinance and micro-enterprise development.

Provided technical assistance and developed income generation projects for five rural women’s groups.

Taught Junior Achievement business classes to 500 local high school students.

EDUCATION

London School of Economics 2002-2003

MS Local Economic Development London, UK

University of Virginia, McIntire School of Commerce 1993 – 1997 BS Finance and Marketing Charlottesville, VA

LANGUAGES

Fluent in Spanish (written, reading and spoken)