Alison Boland-Reeves is a Senior Program Officer and the Leadership in Public Management track lead for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
In this role, she provides vision and leadership for programmatic and curricular planning, budgetary and subaward oversight, and participant emergency management for Leadership in Public Management Institutes on the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
Prior to IREX, Alison worked for the International Office at The University of Texas at Austin, where she was the Administrative Director for the Mandela Washington Fellowship for three grant cycles. In 2019, she joined IREX as the Program Officer for Reciprocal Exchanges. As a former Reciprocal Exchange Awardee herself, she traveled to Zimbabwe in 2018 to implement a filmmaker’s workshop with a 2017 Mandela Washington Fellow. She now applies these lessons learned on the ground to her grant implementation work at IREX.
Alison’s previous experience includes three years of Peace Corps service in Mongolia (2009-2012), as well as extensive documentary film production experience. She brings this media production sensibility to her strategic communications work at IREX.
Alison graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts with a BA in Liberal Arts in 2007. She finished her MFA in Film & Media Production at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015 along with a graduate certificate in Nonprofit Studies. She is fluent in German and Mongolian and is currently learning Spanish.