Amma Aboagye has almost ten years of professional and academic experience in research, policy and strategy for social impact for vulnerable communities. After receiving her BS. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University, she went on to join Teach for America in South Louisiana where she taught middle school math in a low- income school and started the Talented Tenth program to connect her pupils to community service and learning opportunities outside of the classroom. Following her time as a teacher, Amma went on to complete her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs and London School of Economics where she focused her studies on Urban and Social Policy with a specialization in Africa. Amma moved to Ghana in 2012 to begin working at a small education start up before transitioning to work for Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA), a Monitoring and Evaluation multinational based at Yale University in New Haven, CT. She started as Education Resource Coordinator to a nationwide study on targeting low achieving pupils in lower primary and moved on to become Implementation and Policy Coordinator where she managed the implementation of an ECE Study done in partnership with New York University and UBS Foundation. While managing the project, she also worked to scale successful studies by building partnerships with research communities, local policy makers, donor partners and media partners in the Education sector. In her current role as Science, Technology, Innovations and Partnerships Advisor, Amma combines her skills in communication and research, with her experience in project design, program managing, partnership and alliance building, and teaching to building partnerships and alliances to support the USAID West Africa mission in it’s commitment to collaborate, learn and adapt programming to fit the needs of the local context. Amma’s work supports 21 countries in West and Central Africa, across health, peace and government and economic growth (agriculture, environment, energy and trade) and she works with West African organizations such as ECOWAS, CILSS and CORAF to support learning and communications within those organizations. Amma is proud to be part of a USAID mission focused on accelerating African solutions for African problems.