Lindy-Ann Wright, M.A

Director of Program Operations


Director of Program Operations (July 2020 – Present)

Northwestern University, The Family Institute, Evanston, IL

  • Provide operational, administrative and business leadership to ensure smooth functioning and ongoing success of the online campus.
  • Serve as the liaison between program leadership and key university personnel to guide students in their progress toward degree completion.
  • Report on student progress including monitoring and managing of student data systems.
  • Manage quarterly synchronous class scheduling, teaching staff and student registration, working closely with program and university leaders.
  • Oversee event logistics for six in-person immersion events, co-curricular activities, and related program other events.
  • Supervise the work and responsibilities of the Education and Clinical Program Coordinators.
  • Manage business and financial operations of the online campus, working closely with HR and Finance personnel.
  • Assist with multistate licensure-related compliance and operation for students and alumni.
  • Develop and manage budgets for the digital program in close collaboration with the Department Chair.

Financial Analyst – International Programs (Aug. 2016 – October 2019)

Emory University, The Carter Center, Atlanta, Georgia.

  • Responsible for the financial viability of US government and private sponsored programs.
  • Directed the development of a field office financial policies and procedures manual.
  • Overseer all aspect of management including budget development and implementation, expense monitoring, periodic and adhoc reports, forecasting, variance analyses, sub-grants budgets, cash flow analysis and internal field audits.
  • Approved program expenses, sub-grantee awards, and international money transfers.
  • Analyzed data to create and present a spending forecast to assist with short and long -range planning.
  • Performed international site visits for risk management and grant operation trainings.
  • Ensured fiscal compliance with USGovernment, State and other private donor agencies.
  • Collaborated with senior management for program evaluation and development.
  • Conducted candidate interviews for headquarter and field office staff positions.
  • Performed other duties as directed.

Founder / Executive Director (Sept. 2012 – Present)

Ivy Haywood Education Initiative (IHEI) – Corp, Uganda, East Africa.

A non-profit educational sponsorship program for underprivileged students and families, Uganda

  • Remotely direct a 501(c)(3) charitable school-based operation in Kampala, Uganda.
  • Assisted by local staff execute enrichment programs to transform the lives of vulnerable students and families.
  • Oversee program implementation, development and fund administration.

Senior Administrative Manager / Finance Manager (Sept. 2009 – May 2014)

Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore Maryland; Clinical Research Site, Uganda.

  • Grants & Administrative Liaison – Johns Hopkins University Head, Finance Division
  • MUJHU Clinical Research Site
  • Active Member, Senior Management Team
  • Advisory Member, Executive Committee
Grant Management
  • Reporting to the Faculty / Executive Director, provided business administrative expertise, training and fiscal management of a large complex clinical research site and laboratory.
  • Responsible for cost-effective utilization of the US government and private donor resources.
  • Assisted with proposal writing, development and submission of grants to donors.
  • Facilitated the institution of a local research grants office.
  • Trained investigators and support staff on pre/post award grant management via workshops individualized teaching sessions, and direct supervision.
Financial Management
  • Designed and implemented complex operational budgets. Applied critical expense modifications to control costs within strict budgetary guidelines.
  • Reviewed, verified and interpreted sponsor agreements, contracts, sub-awards and other official donor documents.
  • Convened frequently with the senior management to analyze the budget and plan for positive budgetary outcomes. Assisted with the submission of annual progress reports.
  • Examined data to identify areas of progress or trends; drew conclusions and forecasts.
  • Prepared and presented periodic and ad hoc financial reports and analyses.
  • Attended domestic and international donor agency meetings to convey budget status, present the forecast and petition for the out-years.
Leadership / Personnel Management
  • Supervised the Finance Department, a team consisting of senior and junior accountants (4), financial assistant (1). Mentored the procurement officers (2).
  • Recruited, interviewed and hired qualified support staff.
  • Performed appraisals, recommended promotions and career development objectives.
  • Assisted with salary deliberations, staff appointments, and hire of contractors.
  • Assisted the upgrade of the HR manual and polices modifications for business travel.
Strategic Planning
  • Attended senior management and donor agency meetings to evaluate program outcomes.
  • Contributed to the development of short and long-term program plans and analyses.
  • Liaised with bank officials, tax and legal officers to resolve matters and ensure program compliance with local business and employment laws.
  • Assisted with the upgrade of institutional manuals and Statement of Procedures.

Business Manager / Research Information Specialist (Nov. 1998 – Sept. 2009)

University of Illinois, Institute for Juvenile Research, Chicago

Financial Management
  • Reviewed grant proposals to ensure accuracy, completeness and compliance.
  • Organized comprehensible financial reports for faculty and junior investigators.
  • Recommended administrative modifications to advance operation and cost efficacy.
  • Supervised support staff responsible for the fiscal functions of the research.
  • Accountable for the proper execution of University administrative policies.
Human Resource Management
  • Coordinated staff hires-junior faculty, assistants, interns and community facilitators.
  • Participated in annual performance reviews and salary deliberations.
  • Ensured project compliance with University Human Resources regulations.
  • Served as the prime contact to resolve staff grievances.


Master of Arts, Applied Economics,University of Wisconsin, Madison

Bachelor of Science (Honors) Agricultural Economics, University of the West Indies, Trinidad

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