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Kogod School of Business

American University

Specializations: International Finance * Management of Global Information Technology


School of International Service

American University

Specializations: Peace & Conflict Resolution * Africa

Work experience


Discovery Partnerships, Inc.

Founder & President

Lead an innovation-driven, emerging small business that spurs adoption of experiential learning in government:

  • Play instrumental role in growth by establishing the firm’s strategic direction, shaping its business development approach, and identifying programs to capitalize on business opportunities.
  • Drive revenue generationfor the firm by putting in place major procurement vehicle, certifications, and advantageous pricing models.
  • Develop intellectual vigor inside the firm by building a high performance team and a network of strategic partners and thought leaders.
  • Build strong customer relationships and create value for the firm and its clients by leading the design and launch of effective market entry strategies, campaigns, messaging, and collateral.
  • Strengthen individual and organizational capacity for clients by advancing programs that prepare professionals to complete developmental assignments and impact mission challenges.
  • Enable cross-discipline community-buildingwithin the sector by developing and hosting a cutting-edge, collaboration portal for public servants to share practical experiences and continue learning.
  • Spur collaboration with clients, partners, and other key stakeholders by demonstrating excellent partnership, coalition-building and facilitation skills.

Institute of International Finance

Manager, Speaker & Sponsor Relations

Provided event support to a global association focused on professional services for members:

  • Built a world-class reputation and brand for the institute and its senior management by effectively designing and implementing two, international conferences each with sponsorship of $1M+.
  • Delivered sought-after event programming on time and on budget by handling internal and external politics with poise and diplomacy.
  • Demonstrated unshakable confidence working closely with Heads of State, Finance Ministers, embassy officials, scholars, and banking executives.

Barrera Associates

Senior Associate

Provided event support to a recognized 8(A) small business focused on professional services for government:

  • Strengthened employee engagement within a Federal agency by successfully designing and implementing two, national conferences with attendance over 5000.
  • Ensured that devised event concepts were executed with accuracy and excellence by maximizing the resources of a small team with a constrained budget and tight timeframes.

MCI Worldcom

Product Development Manager

Brought new products to market for a major telecom focused on communication services for consumers:

  • Enabled a Fortune 500 marketing department to sustain a strong customer base by effectively implementing its industry-leading product development process.
  • Provided direction for new products by developing concepts with Marketing and translating concepts into business requirements for IT.
  • Met aggressive market entry deadlines by leading internal stakeholders through each product's system development lifecycle, managing expectations, and driving execution.

Sun Microsystems

Junior Associate

Managed legislative projects for a major high-tech company focused on IT products and services for businesses:

  • Enabled a Fortune 500 public policy department to mitigate undesired impacts on global operations by tracking and reporting on policy issues affecting the business (e.g. antitrust, encryption, immigration, etc.).
  • Furthered the company’s lobbying process by identifying and developing external partnerships, as well as acting as liaison between Headquarters and congressional offices.

Corporation for National Service

Associate Program Officer

Supported the launch of a Federal agency focused on engaging millions of Americans in results-oriented community service:

  • Enhanced national-level administration of three, multi-million dollar federal programs by building a sound knowledge exchange between personnel at headquarters, in 50 state offices, and 2000 grantees in the field.
  • Worked with evaluation experts to provide guidance on evaluating the outcomes and impact of programs.
  • Grew congressional support for programs by compiling reports and budgets that showcased program data.


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Michelle Klink

Jennifer Tokar








Senior professional with 10 years of experience supporting programmatic initiative work in the business, nonprofit and government sectors.  Most recently as the head of an innovation-driven microenterprise, used strategic thinking to transform business as usual in the field of public service, where there is new urgency for high impact approaches to mission challenges in public health, education, energy, environment, etc. Driven practitioner of new business development with experience leveraging technology and business networks to build partnerships and drive growth.  Polished representative with the necessary confidence to perform high-stake assignments.  A big picture thinker, persistent goal-setter, and skilled collaborator.


  • Large project experience
  • Big picture thinker; very strong conceptual skills
  • Superior writing, communication, and presentation skills
  • Thrive coloring outside the lines and taking risks
  • International experience, proven cross-cultural competence, and willingness to travel
  • Exceptional attention to detail, organization, and time management
  • Maturity and self-discipline to work independently and meet deadlines
  • Self-aware with strong listening skills; diffuse difficult situations with tact, ease
  • Highly versatile; quickly master new roles, responsibilities, technologies, environments
  • Effective at developing and implementing action plans to maximize productivity, outcomes
  • Excel at interacting with diverse and broad populations 


"Cari brings multiple skills to the table, as well as hugely valuable intangibles, such as tenacity, empathy, sincerity, respect and a calm, strong approach for potentially stressful situations.  Add these qualities to a project that needs immediate attention, new direction, repackaging, new ideas and follow-through, and you will infuse a new, successful team."

Senior Colleague

Accounting Comes Alive


"Cari is extremely poised, professional, and calm - attributes that are essential in dealing with the hectic environment of speakers, sponsors, ever-changing meeting agendas.  She never seems to get stressed.  She is very organized."

Senior ColleagueInstitute of International Finance


"Cari and my team have collaborated over the years on a number of projects, almost all requiring risk assessment, short and long term strategies, and meticulous execution. Cari brought all these to the table, as well as a curious and determined spirit to see things through. At every turn, Cari led with a positive approach and an open mind ready to listen and contribute ideas. Cari's diplomatic style carried us through several challenges."

Senior Colleague

Watershed Associates


International Relations, International Development, International Cooperation, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Relations, Peace & Conflict Resolution, Cross-cultural Communications, Women & Security, Gender Equality, Women's Empowerment, Social Enterprise & Economic Development