Ms. Amy Chase Chase is a full-time Manager at Palladium on the USAID contract, CATALYZE. She has almost a decade of experience in human rights and international development. She’s spent nine years managing USG-funded projects, especially USAID projects in conflict and unstable environments. She has worked in Iraq, Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Kosovo, and Rwanda with organizations such as World Learning, Democracy International, The Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation, Abt Associates, IFES, and The QED Group.
In 2018, Ms. Chase launched a social enterprise called The Crescendo Group which supports workforce development and economic empowerment for women, refugees, survivors of gender-based violence (GBV) and trauma, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups. Crescendo currently works with local partners based in Kosovo, Albania, Italy, DC, Maryland, and Virginia. In 2019, Crescendo expanded its activities in diversity and inclusion (D&I) and workforce development services.
As a first-generation Chinese-American who has survived much trauma in her personal life, Ms. Chase was inspired by the resilience and strength of the survivors she met through her work in transitional and post-conflict societies. Prior to her career in international development and human rights, Ms. Chase was a project manager in marketing, media, and sales. She has a BBA from Baruch College and an MA in International Affairs from The New School. Ms. Chase is a native New Yorker and speaks fluent French and Cantonese. She has traveled to 50 countries and aspires to continue exploring many parts of the world.