Kay Andrade-Eekhoff joined the IAF in 2021. Prior to this she served as the Technical Advisor on Youth Employability for Catholic Relief Services (CRS) in Latin America and the Caribbean providing support and guidance to deepen and expand program quality in leadership, service, and employability for opportunity youth.
She has been a professor in the Department of Political Science and Sociology at the Universidad Centro Americana ‘José Simeón Cañas’ (UCA) in El Salvador and worked for eight years as a senior researcher with the Facultad Latino Americana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO) in Central America, involved in policy-related research on topics ranging from labor markets, poverty, social exclusion, violence, governance, and international migration. She worked as a consultant for the United Nations Development Program and the Pan American Development Foundation and collaborates extensively with grassroots and civil society organizations linked to issues related to youth violence, employability, migration, and development in the United States and Central America.
Kay has served as a member of the Board of the International Network on Migration and Development and advisor to Alianzas Americas and UNICEF El Salvador. She holds a master’s degree in Urban Planning from UCLA, and was previously an IAF fellow whose research focused on the potential of Salvadoran Hometown Associations as agents for local development in their home communities. She lived in El Salvador from 1994 to 2021 surrounded by family, dogs, and a small agroforest with coffee, cacao, and citrus trees.