Molly Chen

Monitoring, Evaluation, Research, Learning, and Adapting (MERLA) Specialist

Molly Chen


  • MA, International Development, School of International Service, American University
  • BA, Mass Communications, University of California Los Angeles
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Molly Chen specializes in monitoring, evaluation, research, learning and adapting (MERLA) for international projects and program design for private-sector, non-profit, Peace Corps, and USAID and Department of State projects. Ms. Chen has a strong track record of supervising complex projects, building strategic partnerships, and managing and designing programs to ensure greatest impact and accountability.

Currently, Ms. Chen supports the overall strategy, design, and implementation of MERLA for our Global Health Division’s technical portfolio in HIV/AIDS, malaria, neglected tropical diseases, and health systems strengthening. She has extensive experience writing technical sections of USAID proposals, including M&E, management, personnel, local and expat recruitment, technical reviews, and assisting on cost proposals. In 2017, Ms. Chen co-founded the RTI MERLA Community of Practice which leverages expertise and best practices to strengthen staff capacity in MERLA and collaboration, learning and adapting for superior program implementation.