October was a busy month for D3 – we hired 5 new Research Analysts to join our team! Read below to find out more about our new hires – Alex, Wade, Emily, Elizabeth, and Brad!
Alex Berge joins D3 as an Assistant Research Analyst with extensive experience working with qualitative and quantitative research projects. She graduated from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs with her B.A. in Psychology and History and a minor in Global Security Studies. While in school, she worked as a psychology research assistant, supporting with various long-term qualitative and quantitative studies. She received her M.A. in Security Policy Studies from George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs. While there, she focused on transnational security concerns, including terrorism and gender-based violence. She was a Freeman Foundation Fellowship recipient and completed a three-month fellowship in Manila, Philippines, where she worked to implement counter-terrorism initiatives. Prior to D3, Alex worked with various organizations, including the National Democratic Institute, focusing on international security and research.
Wade Farr joins D3 as an Assistant Research Analyst. He graduated from Brigham Young University in Middle Eastern Studies and Arabic with a minor in Statistics. During his undergraduate years, he served as a Research Assistant, analyzing transitional justice in multiple countries to provide recommendation to the truth commission in Colombia. He also lived abroad in Amman, Jordan for four months. Post-graduation, Wade assisted as a Research Analyst Consultant with a project analyzing women and girls’ rights and safety in the MENA region with UNICEF. Additionally, Wade has experience in Project Management in international business with projects based in Russia, Brazil, Colombia, and Thailand.
Emily Kayser joins D3 as a Research Analyst who specializes in quantitative research. She has extensive experience in all aspects of the research process, including fieldwork management, training, survey design and methodology, and data management and analysis. Emily’s research career has primarily focused on evaluation methodologies, with an emphasis on Impact Evaluations. Prior to joining D3, Emily worked for multiple federal organizations, improving research methodologies and evaluating the effectiveness of government programs globally. She also previously lived abroad, managing Randomized Controlled Trials. She received a B.A. in Economics from West Virginia University and a Master of Public Policy degree from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University.
Elizabeth Weatherly joins D3 as an Assistant Research Analyst with four years of quantitative and qualitative research experience, focusing on questionnaire design, statistical analysis, and report writing. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Communication from UC Santa Barbara and both an M.A. in International Affairs and a Graduate Certificate in Applied Statistics from Pennsylvania State University. While pursuing her graduate degree, she worked as a Project Associate on numerous research projects, covering topics on international development, climate change, agriculture, and gender in Africa and Australia.
Brad Youngblood joins D3 as a Research Analyst with experience managing mixed methods research projects in North African, Middle Eastern, and Sub-Saharan contexts. Prior to joining D3, he served as an Analyst and a Team Lead for multiple contracts in conflict-prone environments, where he was involved in every step of the project cycle, from helping clients scope requests and design instruments to producing and presenting analytical reports. Brad holds an M.A. in Arab Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Oklahoma.
We are so excited to add this talent to our team!