Nicole Mechem

Nicole Mechem

Deputy Director, Leadership (Chief of Party, YALI)
Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe & Eurasia, Middle East & North Africa, Civil Society, Gender, Leadership, Youth

For over 10 years, Nicole has provided design, implementation, management, and technical support to IREX programs.

Nicole joined the IREX team in early 2006 and currently serves as the Deputy Director of IREX’s Leadership Practice, where she works closely with the Practice Director to oversee a large team of talent that designs, leads, and implements a collection of programs that share a common technical focus on leadership. Additionally, she works to bolster the technical and leadership skills of global change makers through her role as the Chief of Party for the USAID Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program. She also provides technical and management support to the Community Solutions Program, funded by the Department of State.

Nicole’s prior roles at IREX have included supporting the Uniting Communities to Mitigate Conflict program in Somalia, a USAID-funded project engaging women and youth to promote positive approaches to resolving and avoiding conflict; serving as IREX’s first proposal recruiter; serving as the Director of IREX’s field office in Tbilisi, Georgia; and providing backstopping support to several education programs and IREX’s Field Operations unit.

Before joining IREX, Nicole served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Telavi, Georgia, where she collaborated with Georgian counterpart teachers to improve English-language instruction.

Nicole holds an MA in International Development Studies from George Washington University and a dual BA in Government and Spanish from California State University, Sacramento