Senior Technical Advisor


Dr. Rose Mary Garcia is a versatile economist, evaluator and manager with more than 20 years of applied international development experience. She has supervised programs on creating businesses, strengthening institution in conflict-prone areas, improving fiscal governance, reforming tax systems and M&E of economic growth projects. She teaches at Johns Hopkins University. Previously, Rose Mary taught at the U.S. Naval Academy and Georgetown University, where she earned her Ph.D. in Economics. She is bilingual in English and Spanish.

Beyond your job title, please explain your role at Creative.
My role within Creative is to develop a practice area of local economic development and governance projects.

What is it that drew you to the company?
One word: Charito.

Do you have an accomplishment or programmatic result that you are particularly proud of?
I instituted quarterly financial and technical reviews of projects—a great way to learn of potential weaknesses before they develop.

What’s your favorite movie or book? Why?
My favorite book is Papillon, which I read when I was in high school. It taught me perseverance and really think it changed my life.

When you recommend Creative to other people, what are the attributes that you often mention?
This in an organization that wants to do the right thing – and does – and really cares about development.


    Economic Growth

  • Disciplines:

    Economic Development, Economic Analysis, and Monitoring and Evaluation

  • education:

    PhD in Economics, Georgetown University | MA in Economics, University of Maryland | BA in Geology, University of Pittsburgh

  • Associations & Certifications:

    Teacher at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies | Managing Director and Board Member, International Development Effectiveness Alliance | President, Francis Scott Key Elementary Parent Teacher Association


    Weidemann Associates, 2012 – 2013 | IMPAQ International, 2010 – 2011 | Nathan Associates, 2004 – 2010


    English, Spanish


    Loves hiking, camping, kayaking and sailing

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