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Patricia Parera

Associate Director for Partnerships and Global Initiatives

Education: Master of Science in foreign service (development economics and public information), Georgetown University; Certificate in Translation and Interpreting, Georgetown University; Teaching of English as a Second Language, translation and interpreting, National University of Cordoba, Argentina

Professional background: Social scientist with 20 years of experience managing investment operations and building technical, human, and institutional capacity in support of growth, poverty reduction, gender equality, and social inclusion for international development organizations such as the World Bank, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization, the International Fund for Agricultural Development, and the government of the United States (Millennium Challenge Corporation and USAID). Currently professor of practice at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business as part of the Linking Lives:  Creating Sustainable Social Change International Development program (fall semester) in Switzerland. Patricia teaches international sustainable development. She has lived and worked in Argentina, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ghana, Guatemala, Jamaica, Jordan, Italy, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, and Vietnam.

Languages spoken: Spanish, English, and Italian. Working knowledge of French and Portuguese

Fun fact: I am a former professional ballet dancer with the Teatro del Libertador General San Martin, Cordoba, Argentina. Love working in foreign countries, working with vulnerable populations, and mentoring young professionals.