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Emily Thacher

Senior Program Associate

Emily Thacher works on R4D’s nutrition team as a program associate, operating globally and in individual countries to promote evidence-based nutrition measures known to have powerful positive impact for children. As part of an R4D project with the African Development Bank, Ms. Thacher reviewed whether evidence for interventions in different fields — among them, agriculture, health, education and early childhood development — created impact further down the line on nutrition, while also considering how the private sector and women’s empowerment measures influence nutrition.

Also with R4D, Ms. Thacher has created models for Grand Challenges Canada’s assessment of the impact of various global health interventions, worked with web developers to create the website InvestInNutrition.org and analyzed financing approaches for malaria education for Malaria No More.

Before joining R4D, Ms. Thacher conducted research in Uganda on how nurses are trained to manage and prevent non-communicable diseases. Previously, she worked at the Disease Control Priorities Network in her native Seattle, where she assessed intervention costs and cost-effectiveness in low- and middle-income countries. She also spent several months teaching community health and nutrition in rural Mexico.

Ms. Thacher holds a BA in the history of science, medicine and public health from Yale University. She speaks English and Spanish.

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