Trish Tierney

Executive Director

Trish oversees the office’s strategy, operations, business development and program teams managing initiatives including the International Visitor Leadership Program, Fulbright Foreign Student Program, and several global corporate and foundation scholarship and development programs. She also directs IIE’s Center for Women’s Leadership Initiatives, which includes innovative programs linking the power of women and the power of technology, and leverages public-private partnerships with the U.S. Department of State and technology companies in Silicon Valley.  

Prior to joining IIE, Trish was Program Manager at Cisco Systems, Inc., part of a dynamic team that established the Cisco Networking Academy Program in 50 of the world’s Least Developed Countries, working in partnership with universities, NGOs, UNDP and USAID, and with particular emphasis on gender inclusion. Before her work at Cisco, Ms. Tierney was Program Manager at the World Bank in Washington, DC, at the Bank’s Economic Development Institute and then designing and managing multi-million dollar loans targeting education reform in Sub-Saharan Africa, with particular focus on girls’ education.  Trish began her career as a volunteer teacher in Namibia with WorldTeach, and holds a B.A. in English Literature and Gender Studies from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.A. from Johns’ Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).  Trish lives in San Francisco with her husband and three children.