Celeste leads SI’s three technical divisions in Performance Evaluation, Impact Evaluation, and Strategy Performance and Capacity Building. She is an expert in international development and evaluation with experience in the government and nonprofit sectors.
Prior to joining SI, she was the Monitoring and Evaluation Division Chief in the Department of Labor’s Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking. She provided leadership on a range of monitoring and evaluation support to projects. She worked on the development of monitoring plans and results reporting, project surveys, performance evaluations, and impact evaluations. While at DOL, she oversaw the launch of a major impact evaluation initiative to address research gaps on the effectiveness of interventions to eliminate child labor and forced labor. Celeste supported a multi-faceted research project on child labor in the cocoa sector in Ghana and Cote d’Ivoire. She also played a major role in the office’s strategic planning and program design work.
Celeste also served as the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning at Africare, a leading international nonprofit. As an Associate Director of Monitoring and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, she led M&E for several compacts. She began her career in international development at USAID as a Presidential Management Fellow.
Celeste holds a BA in History from Brown University and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is fluent in Spanish and proficient in Portuguese.