With a career spanning over 20 years in international development, Bridget Snell has a deep passion for and experience with leading digital innovation at scale, knowledge management and organizational learning. She currently serves as the Acting Chief Information Officer (CIO) at Save the Children US.
Bridget joined Save the Children in 2021 and has since been a driving force to Save the Children’s efforts to modernize its digital and data enterprise architecture. As executive sponsor of Save the Children International’s Organizational Learning Technical Working Group, she has been integral in shaping efforts to improve collaboration and knowledge sharing across the global Save the Children organization. In her role, she has partnered with Save the Children technology leaders to promote a user experience and data-first approach to digital transformation. Together with global colleagues, Bridget co-authored the grant that won the 2022 Amazon Web Services Imagine Grant award, which will help Save the Children build a working prototype of an app that would deliver answers to parents, teachers and public officials on how to keep kids safe and well during an emergency.
Prior to joining Save the Children, Bridget worked for Oxfam and played a major role in defining the organization’s standards for rights-based and advocacy-oriented program design, monitoring, learning and evaluation. As Oxfam’s first Head of Global Learning, she co-authored the Oxfam Leadership Model, which connects international development leadership to feminist leadership principles and practice. She designed and implemented Oxfam International’s digital-first global shared service in learning and organizational development, with over 8,500 Oxfam learners across 70 countries worldwide.
Bridget seeks partnership with others in the international development sector, academia, and the technology sector to leapfrog our collective efforts to share and make sense of knowledge that already exists about what works, what doesn't and what ultimately matters to the children and families with whom we work.
Bridget holds a bachelor’s degree in Russian studies and history from Wheaton College and a Master of International and Intercultural Management from the SIT Graduate Institute. She is based in Boston, Massachusetts.
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