Ashley Hollister, Senior Associate
Master of Social Work, University of Michigan
Master of Public Administration, Cornell University
Ms. Hollister is Managing Director of Hollister Consulting, Ltd. based in Rwanda and Senior Associate at AIMS, where she is currently part of a team conducting evaluation quality reviews for UNFPA. She has extensive experience building the internal evaluation capacity of non-governmental organizations, higher education institutions, and UN system organizations and specializes in gender-sensitive data collection and gender analysis. Ms. Hollister has provided evaluation services for UNFPA, Aus-Aid- and USAID-funded programs focused on gender equality and education.
Currently based in Kigali, Rwanda, Ms. Hollister is leading evaluation and capacity building efforts for Kate Spade New York’s innovative corporate social responsibility program which provides manufacturing jobs and English, health, and financial literacy training to women in rural Rwanda. She also oversees all evaluation planning and data collection at East Africa’s first women’s college, Akilah Institute for Women. In these roles, Ms. Hollister designed and implemented data collection systems powered by smart-phone surveys and databases, which helped to increase the organizations’ survey response rates. Prior to her work in Rwanda, Ms. Hollister managed operations at a rural holistic care center supporting orphan girls in Tanzania. This role included the conduct of comprehensive needs assessments to further develop, refine and expand services offered to the community, including after-school programming for youth and the provision of training in sustainable agriculture techniques for small-holder farmers. Ms. Hollister has also conducted fieldwork in Uganda and Malaysia and speaks English, Kiswahili and Spanish.