Ian was born and raised in the DC metro area, but has spent nearly 8 years living and working on the African continent with family, friends, and during his Peace Corps Service in Benin. Before Nuru, Ian received his MA in Global Human development, and a specialization in sub-Saharan African regional studies at Georgetown University. While pursuing his MA, he had the opportunity to blend his knowledge of small-scale community development learned in the Peace Corps with academic practices used by development organizations and practitioners. At Nuru as an MEL Sr. Associate, Ian will help incorporate best practices to monitor ongoing projects, evaluate successes and failures, and learn for the future.