Dawn Hayden is an international development expert with 12 years of professional experience, including recent work supporting three USAID programs in Afghanistan and Sri Lanka. She specializes in designing and managing small grants programs and economic activities that promote political, social and economic transition in both disaster and conflict-affected communities with demonstrated expertise improving gender-based initiatives.
Dawn started working internationally with Community Focused Disaster Response in the village of Komari in Sri Lanka as a volunteer in 2005. Her work in Komari instilled a passion for supporting communities to use their own expertise and experience to overcome insurmountable challenges.
Ms. Hayden is committed to the work of Veterans Community Response. She believes individual changemakers drive transformation not only within their own lives but the lives of their communities one decision at a time.