Olga Tarasov

Director of Knowledge Development

Olga leads RPA’s knowledge development efforts, identifying opportunities to share findings, knowledge and experience from current client activities; planning for the integration of knowledge management concepts out the outset of new engagements and; identifying, assessing and proposing new uses for existing RPA intellectual property.

Previously, Olga worked at the National Endowment for Democracy, where she administered a grant portfolio supporting efforts to bring about social change, stimulate civic activism and improve local communities in Eastern Europe. She has designed, managed and implemented strategies ranging from humanitarian assistance and community support to freedom of information and democracy promotion. Olga also has served as a spokesperson on issues affecting the region and the field of international philanthropy.

Prior to NED, Olga served as a Program Manager and Acting Regional Director at the Open Society Foundations. She provided strategic and operational leadership to its national foundations, partners and activities in Central and Eastern Europe, as well as oversight of OSF’s multimillion-dollar grantmaking efforts within the region. Leading regular in-depth monitoring and evaluation of grantees and projects, Olga helped OSF to optimize its grantmaking, improve institutional learning and communicate achievements.

Olga holds a Master of Arts, International Affairs from Georgetown University and a B.A. in International Affairs from The George Washington University. She is a native English and Russian speaker, and counts Polish, Turkish, German and French among her other languages.

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