Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Elsie Tama has been a member of the leadership team from IRD's inception. Her financial, management, and operational experience has been applied in numerous posts at IRD, including director of finance operations, director of budgets and special projects, deputy director for programs, chief technical officer, and director of program resources.
During her years with IRD, Tama has leveraged her skills to ensure fiscal targets are met for IRD's large multi-donor project portfolio. Prior to joining IRD, Tama served as finance manager for Keys and Associates, a private consulting firm assisting nongovernmental organizations in development of grant proposals focused on humanitarian assistance. Before that, she worked as a regional accountant for Africare. She holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in business administration from the University of the District of Columbia, Washington, DC.
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer
Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Ingrid Fitzgerald manages IRD's Administration, Information Technology, Human Resources, and Global Security & Risk Management departments. Fitzgerald joined IRD in 2004. Her managerial commitment to IRD’s sustained recruitment helped the organization successfully manage its growth and level of professional competence globally. Prior to joining IRD, Fitzgerald served as director of Human Resources and Administration for Population Services International, where she had responsibility for domestic and international staff and recruitment. Fitzgerald holds a bachelor's degree in political science from American University in Washington, DC.
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jason P. Matechak serves as chief legal counsel on all IRD government contracts and grants, corporate compliance, intellectual property, real estate, and various other employment matters. Matechak also maintains IRD’s relationships with various law firms around the world who provide strategic counsel to IRD in support of its work.
Before joining IRD, Matechak served as outside counsel with IRD for more than three years while serving as a partner of ReedSmith LLP, a law firm. He brings more than a decade of legal experience to IRD, together with seven years at the US Agency for International Development as a contract negotiator and legal reform officer. His practice at ReedSmith involved international regulations/transactions and public procurement/government contracts. Matechak has served clients and managed development projects worldwide and has worked on short-term assignments in Bangladesh, Bolivia, China, Egypt, Ghana, India, Jamaica, Morocco, Nepal, Peru, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, and Tunisia.
Matechak served as the general counsel/legal advisor to the International Development Law Organization (IDLO), an intergovernmental organization headquartered in Rome dedicated to promoting the rule of law through training and technical assistance for lawyers and judges in developing countries. In this role, he was responsible for advising the director general and board of directors on a wide range of legal issues facing the organization. He also facilitated the design and delivery of legal training programs, covering issues such as anticorruption, private sector infrastructure development, and international public procurement to lawyers and judges from more than 40 developing countries.
Matechak graduated from George Mason University School of Law. He also holds a master’s degree in international commerce and policy from George Mason University, a graduate certificate in the economics of European integration from l’Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium, and a bachelor’s in political science with minors in Russian studies and economics from James Madison University.
Jean M. Hacken
Chief of Compliance and Ethics
Chief of Compliance Jean Hacken serves as IRD’s first Chief of Compliance, overseeing global compliance programming for an organization managing hundreds of millions annually in humanitarian assistance throughout the developing world. Under her leadership, the IRD compliance program provides training, resources, tools, and reporting to ensure that IRD activities comply with client or funding agreements, conform to external regulations and statutes, follow internal policies and procedures, and employ appropriate internal controls to guard against waste, fraud, and abuse.
Prior to joining IRD, Hacken worked at the US Agency for International Development (USAID) where she served in various capacities including acquisitions, grant management, small business development, humanitarian assistance, disaster response, information technology, budget, and finance.
Following her government service, Hacken was employed by SRA International implementing a telecommunications project in Lebanon. She is a certified project management professional and has a bachelor's in communications from the University of Maryland.
Senior Vice President and Chief of Program Operations
Lali Chania, senior vice president and chief of Program Operations, is the lead operations manager for all IRD programs globally. Chania joined IRD in 1998 – IRD’s first employee – in the role of program manager for a medical program in Georgia funded by the US Department of State. She later served as the IRD Georgia country director, supervising IRD programs and program development activities in Georgia and the NIS region. In 2003, she transferred to IRD headquarters to join the newly established Health unit. Most recently, Chania was responsible for implementation of projects focusing on health services, including internally displaced persons and refugees, maternal and child health, and HIV/AIDS and infectious disease prevention. Prior to joining IRD, Chania worked for the State Health Insurance Company and the Georgian Ministry of Health. Chania has an MD from Tbilisi Medical University and a finance degree from the Georgian State University.