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  Katherine Scaife Diaz


Consultant (5/11 – present) Washington, D.C.
World Bank, Financial and Private Sector Development, Payment Systems Development Group.
• Innovative Research: Combined qualitative interviews, Diaspora community outreach, and documentary film-making to develop a case study on the US-Honduras remittances corridor.
• Market Analysis: Researched Central American remittances marketplace and Honduran financial institutions servicing the rural poor. Conducted focus groups and one-on-one filmed interviews in Spanish with industry stakeholders, including senior executives at the World Bank, US Federal Reserve, Honduran government, and remittance businesses.
• Project Management: Worked closely in a small team on documentary production and managed logistics for research implementation. Facilitated communication within unit and to diverse external partners.
Innovations for Poverty Action
• Survey Administration: Applied surveys on financial behavior to Salvadorans as part of a randomized control trial study.
Inter-American Dialogue, Remittances and Development Program Washington, D.C. Associate (9/10 – 5/11)
• Researcher: Co-authored and assisted research on themes of microfinance for productive investments, regulatory reform for financial markets and SMEs, women and migration, and educational development. Tracked macroeconomic data and regulatory developments.
• Project Management and Implementation: Coordinated 10 concurrent contracts and grants on topics including financial access in Nicaragua, financial services regulation in Africa, investment initiatives in MSME in Mexico, and ministerial-level development trainings for the Middle East and North African region. Managed program data and evaluations.
• Multi-Funder Coordination: Managed multiple grants and contracts for international development institutions including the World Bank, IADB, AFDB, USAID, EBRD, IFAD, AECID, and various foundations.
United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Mexico City, Mexico Intern (5/09 -8/09)
• Independent Research Management: Used qualitative analysis to support quantitative research on the complex domestic sugar market. Incorporated findings into Master's thesis.
• Field Research: Conducted 16 interviews in Spanish with stakeholders from industry, government, and constituent groups on trade liberalization’s impact on domestic industry. Supplemented research with interviews with cane sugar farmers.
National Alliance of Latin American and Caribbean Communities Chicago, Illinois Program Manager (2/07 -7/08)
• Inter-Agency & International Team Coordination: Ensured information-sharing, negotiated budgets, timelines and responsibilities with 25 NGOs to facilitate timely project development and implementation.
• International Logistical Management: Executed monthly events, 3 international delegations, and 8 national delegations for 10 - 250 participants. Worked in a team to plan and execute an international summit in Mexico for over 1000 participants.
National Immigrant Justice Center Chicago, Illinois Paralegal (12/04 – 2/07)
• Legal Advocate: Researched U.S. immigration law and foreign country law to determine legal options for caseload of 120 clients. Advised immigrants in English, Spanish. Argued cases before the U.S. Customs and Immigration Service.
• Trainer and Public Presenter: Developed and led presentations on US immigration law for diverse audiences.

The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University Medford, Massachusetts Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy (05/2010)
• Thesis on the institutional constraints to growth and smallholder prosperity in Mexico’s sugar industry.
• Concentrations in Development Economics and International Trade and Migration.
• Coursework in econometrics, microfinance, and monitoring and evaluation.
University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois Honors AB with a concentration in Anthropology (06/2003).
• Thesis on Peruvian non-governmental organizations’ efforts to promote participatory development.

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