Senior Program Officer

Shena joined IWHC in April 2013 as a program assistant, and provides strategic and programmatic support to identify and strengthen IWHC grantee partner organizations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and Latin America. She brings over five years of experience in program management and research.

Prior to joining IWHC, she worked as an employment and training manager at the Hispanic Center, providing career counseling services to immigrants and refugees. Previously, Shena worked at Carnegie Mellon University’s Office of International Education, and as a research assistant at the University of Pittsburgh’s Ford Institute for Human Security, where she researched political protest and extremism. She interned at a foundation in Paraguay, where she conducted surveys and collected data on socioeconomic conditions of microcredit clients.

Shena has an MA in international development with a concentration in human security from the University of Pittsburgh, and a BA from Duquesne University in international affairs and political science. She speaks Spanish, Italian, and some Portuguese.