Taryn Kearns (she/her/hers) is the Learning & Evaluation Officer at Global Fund for Women.
Taryn has spent most of her life in the greater Bay Area and is currently based in San Francisco's Mission District. She holds a BA in Sociology and Anthropology from Lewis & Clark College and an MPA from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey (MIIS). Her graduate studies focused on Migration, Trafficking, and Human Security with a particular focus on the U.S. immigration detention system. During her time at MIIS, Taryn also co-led the Institute's Mixed Methods Evaluation, Training, and Analysis (META) Lab, a resource and research hub specializing in program evaluation and data analysis support.
Before joining Global Fund for Women, Taryn worked in fundraising and systems management at Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA). She brings eight years of experience working with other mission-driven organizations on issues such as refugee and immigrant inclusion, gender-based violence, youth literacy, and community economic development.
Outside of work, Taryn loves reading surrealist and speculative fiction, traveling, drinking coffee, and eating pastries. She can often be found taking photos while on long walks around the city. Taryn speaks English, Spanish, French, and Arabic (to varying degrees of fluency), and is currently learning Norwegian.