Area of Expertise
Business Development, Entrepreneurship, Startup, overall strategy
Dar Vanderbeck is the Chief Innovation Officer for CARE USA. In this role, Dar’s work lies at the intersection of innovation, social justice and movement building. Prior to CARE, she was the Managing Director of Teach For America’s Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship team, where she designed and executed programming to inspire and accelerate 40,000 former teachers to launch innovations solving for educational equity. She is also a co-founder of Imperative (imperative.com), a technology platform that connects people to their professional purpose and was a communications specialist for McKinsey & Co. Furthermore, Dar was the Vice President of Resolute Consulting where she launched and managed a diaspora fund that invested in social enterprises in Egypt in the wake of the Arab Spring.
Dar served as a presidential appointee under the Obama Administration during his first term at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), working in Afghanistan for the Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) and as the Special Assistant to the Administrator. She also served on the Foreign Assistance Agency Review Team for the Obama-Biden Transition Team in 2008-09 where she helped create the President-Elect’s global development approach. Prior to that, she was a field director during the Obama Campaign for Change in 2008 in Florida and beyond. Dar began her career in development as a paralegal for a small non-profit in coastal Kenya (MUHURI – Muslims for Human Rights) and as an education fellow for the Open Society Institute in Ukraine. She has her Bachelor of Arts from Bates College with a degree in the self-designed major, Political Economies in Transition.