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Nadine Duplessy Kearns, 1998

Director, DC Partnerships & Strategy, Meyer Foundation

Nadine Duplessy Kearns is an immigrant from Haiti

Fellowship awarded to support work towards an MPA in Public Affairs and International Trade and Development Economics at Tufts University

Nadine is the  Director, DC Partnerships & Strategy at the Meyer Foundation, one of the oldest private grantmaking foundations that pursues and invests in solutions that build an equitable Greater Washington community in which economically disadvantaged people thrive (www.meyerfdn.org). She is committed to work in solidarity with communities deeply affected by structural racism and partner with organizations pushing for systems change to advance racial equity. Nadine has over 20 years of experience in nonprofit leadership, management consulting, and economic development in Africa. She co-founded the Haitian Ladies Network, a global organization connecting over 50,000 women and girls of Haitian descent to build community, share inspiration, and celebrate Haitian culture (www.haitianladies.org).

Nadine was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. She came to the United States at age eleven to live in Dorchester, Massachusetts. At Harvard College, she was co-founder of the Harvard-Radcliffe Haitian Alliance, serving neighboring Haitian communities, and was a translator for the New England Observers Delegation, which assessed human rights conditions in Haiti in 1994. 

She attended the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, where she received a master's in development economics, trade and commercial policies.

In addition to being selected in the 1998 inaugural class of the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans, she was also awarded a 2010 American Express Foundation, Aspen Institute Fellowship for Emerging Nonprofit Leaders, and  2011 Women of Color Policy Network Lead the Way Fellowship.

 

Education
  • MPA Public Affairs, International Trade and Development Economics | Tufts University 2000
  • AB East Asian Studies | Harvard University 1996
Work History
  • Meyer Foundation, Director, DC Partnerships & Strategy | April 2018 - PRESENT
  • National Black Child Development Institute (NBCDI), Vice President of Operations
  • Founder and President, AccessED
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