Alaine Kennedy, Vice President, Business Development, Joins EnCompass’ Executive Team

We are thrilled to announce that Alaine Kennedy, our new Vice President, Business Development, has joined EnCompass’ Executive Team!

Since joining EnCompass in 2008, Alaine has been instrumental in growing our business development systems and processes alongside our company, helping us expand our client services and presence around the world. An expert in all aspects of government procurement, Alaine focuses on increasing our pipeline of opportunities and building relationships with partners in the government agency and international development marketplace. As a long-standing member of our senior leadership team, Alaine has been responsible for identifying, developing, and implementing short- and long-term business strategies and tracking our progress against goals.

She is deeply skilled in relationship building, negotiation, budget management, and technical writing. As the leader of our business development team, Alaine is a seasoned and caring supervisor and mentor, known for her commitment to both her people and her work. She has led proposal teams of all sizes and is known by partners and team members for her quiet competence, her transparent and honest nature, and her collaborative approach to engagement and proposal development. Her extensive knowledge of our work and her commitment to quality and service, make Alaine a master at leading compelling designs and winning proposals for projects focused on global health, education, gender and inclusive development, youth, climate change, capacity building, evaluation, and much more.

Her dedication and hard work have helped EnCompass become the company we are today, and we are delighted to have Alaine on our Executive Team. With many exciting opportunities ahead, we look forward to working with Alaine to expand EnCompass’ portfolio and continue our support of learning and performance excellence for our clients and those they serve.

Beeta Tahmassebi

Vice President of Strategic Initiatives

Beeta Shadman Tahmassebi, Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, oversees EnCompass' knowledge management and communications teams, manages enterprise risk management, and is Executive Director for the EnCompass Learning Center (ELC). From 2017 to 2020, Ms. Tahmassebi was also Director of Operations for The Evaluators' Institute. She has managed evaluation and development programs for a range of clients, including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, National Institutes of Health, USAID, Save the Children, Lutheran World Relief, IREX, American Library Association, Institute for Museum and Library Services, U.S. Department of Labor, World Food Programme, International Fund for Agricultural Development, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, Marriot International, and Daimler AG. With many years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating capacity strengthening and learning programs, Ms. Tahmassebi is excited to provide high-quality professional development in evaluation, management, and international development to a global audience of learners through the ELC. She is a champion for young and emerging evaluators, bringing a strong commitment to lifelong learning to EnCompass' clients. Ms. Tahmassebi serves on the Board of Directors (2020 President-Elect and 2021 President) for Washington Evaluators, the largest local affiliate of the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She is a frequent presenter at special events and conferences, serves on the AEA Working Group for Evaluation Professionalization, and is an active member of the AEA local affiliates collaborative. She has an MBA from Georgetown University’s McDounough School of Business and is proficient in Farsi.


  • Ben Bianco
    January 19, 2023

    Bravo Alaine! I saw this on LinkedIn and it made me really happy! Thank you for mentoring me in my first job in international development. I could not agree more with everything in this beautifully written article. Thank you for making EnCompass the success that it is today!

  • Loren Schulze
    January 31, 2023

    Congratulations, Alaine!! Your contributions to the success of EnCompass earned you the Vice Presidency for Business Development and a member of the EnCompass’ Executive Team!!


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