Our Stories: Terry Kush: Director of Operations

Terry Kush is an expert in managing organizations and projects centered around outreach and development to a diverse population, minorities and societies in transition including life skills training, financial literacy curriculum development, girls in technology and youth development.

Ms. Kush conducted workshops in Luxor and Cairo, Egypt to facilitate dialogue and tools for capacity building and women and children in the Middle East marketplace. She has also worked locally teaching youth entrepreneurship in D.C. Public Schools and facilitated meetings and trainings with youth entrepreneurs in Barbados, collaborating with CARICOM and Ministry of Youth & Culture.  Prior to working with Barbados’ institutions, she ran a skills development project in Jamaica & the U.K. and has done education assessments in Belize and Guatemala. Ms. Kush was nominated and selected for the American Express Leadership Academy in 2010, and again in 2015 for the alumni leadership cohort for her work in the nonprofit space and community development. The work she is most proud of is a USAID girls-education project in the FANN District of Senegal, West Africa that impacted and changed the course of the lives of girls 8-14 years of age.

Kush serves as an operations and project director for both domestic and international organizations. She has more than 20 years of experience working for organizations seeking to affect change through economic and community development. A strong advocate of youth development, Terry has made a personal commitment to “development through education” around the world using her expertise to implement projects and strategic meetings that help to build the capacity of small NGOs and firms in the U.K., the Caribbean, West Africa, the Middle East and the United States.  Terry holds a bachelor’s in business administration and a master’s in international service with a focus on development & education.

Terry has served on two boards and currently resides in Washington, D.C.  She has traveled throughout Europe, Central America and the Caribbean and lived in both Barbados and Kenya.