Aliza Vaccher joined InterAction in August 2018 as the Program Associate for the Humanitarian Policy and Practice team. She believes in the power of the collective NGO voice, and the possibility of affecting positive change by working together towards a common goal.
In her role, Aliza supports the Humanitarian Policy and Practice team’s country response working groups, where InterAction and its members discuss operational constraints and collaboratively discuss strategies for collective advocacy. She also manages the HPP team’s internship program and supports the team’s grant reporting and management.
Prior to joining InterAction, Aliza worked with the University of Denver’s Humanitarian Assistance Applied Research Group, where she worked on both qualitative and quantitative humanitarian research projects with the International Rescue Committee, such as the IRC’s mobile GBV programming model in Myanmar, Burundi, and Iraq, as well as the effectiveness of IRC’s Women Protection and Empowerment program in Kakuma refugee camp. She also served as President of the University of Denver’s No Lost Generation Student Initiative and worked as an intern with InterAction’s HPP team in the summer of 2017.
Aliza is from Eugene, Oregon. She holds a Master’s degree in International Human Rights with a certificate in Humanitarian Assistance from the University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies; she also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a minor in International Studies from the University of Washington, where she competed for the University’s NCAA Division-1 gymnastics team. In her free time, Aliza can be found rock climbing, hiking, and watching or talking about gymnastics to anyone who will listen.