MaryBeth Bognar

Program Manager

MaryBeth is a program manager for the Gender Mainstreaming Learning Collective, also known as the Chroma Collective. She manages a community of gender practitioners who come together to develop and design new methods to advance gender equality in global development. She also enthusiastically taps into other areas of to integrate gender.

MaryBeth has over a decade of experience using innovative, participatory, and intersectional approaches to achieve impact as defined by those closest to the issues. She has worked on global working groups and partnerships, service provision to advance justice and education in crisis contexts, and research on women’s rights. Most recently, she worked with the International Legal Foundation to develop and implement M&E and gender for programs that serve people accused of crimes in conflict-affected countries, including launching a reentry program for women and girls released from prison in Afghanistan. MaryBeth has also conducted feminist research and advocacy with the Center for Women’s Global Leadership, including through its 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign and published research on refugee education in Lebanon. She led operations and social good initiatives for Blue Outdoor, a lifestyle media company, and proudly served in an advisory role to advance girls’ education with She’s the First.

MaryBeth holds a MS in Global Affairs-Gender Studies from New York University, and a BS in Communication Public Advocacy from Ohio University. She can most often be found outside on a trail (whether on a bike or in hiking boots), curled up with a book + coffee + and her cat, writing, or traveling (20 countries and counting!).

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