Technical skills that make a difference

Creative’s experts have passion, commitment and technical skills, all of which are combined to develop and implement meaningful projects around the world. Creative’s experts have worked in multiple countries, most speak at least two languages and they are often invited to share their insight at conferences and in professional journals.

René A. León Rodriguez

Senior Associate

René León is a Senior Associate II in the Economic Growth Division, Workforce Development and Youth Empowerment Practice Area....
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Katy Vickland

Practice Area Director, Workforce Development and Youth Employment

Katy Vickland leads Creative’s teams working to address the challenges of high unemployment and poverty in vulnerable groups such as at-risk youth....
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Larry Hearn

Director of Operations, Workforce Development and Youth Employment

Larry Hearn has more than 30 years of experience in international development, most of which was spent in senior management positions leading USAID-funded projects. Most recently, he served as the Deputy Program Director for Operations and Managing Director for Workforce and Organizational Development at the American Institutes for Research....
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Ali Kamel Ali

Senior Associate, Economic Growth Group

Ali contributes to the expansion of Creative’s economic growth portfolio and serves as the organization’s Middle East advisor. Before joining Creative in 2014, Ali spent 25 years with USAID Egypt’s Office of Economic Growth....
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Sharon Freeman

Director, Compliance

At Creative, Sharon promotes a culture of compliance and puts in place policies, procedures and internal controls that minimize risk and promote compliance. She joins Creative after more than 25 years as a small business owner. ...
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Earl Gast

Senior Vice President, Education for Development & Economic Growth Division

Earl Gast is one of two Senior Vice Presidents at Creative Associates International, a leading global development organization based in Washington, D.C. With more than two decades of global development experience, Earl is an expert on managing strategic, results-driven programming....
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