The USAID-funded Zrda Activity in Georgia is a five-year program designed to promote inclusive and sustainable economic growth in target regions by improving micro, small, and medium sized enterprise (MSME) growth; increase productivity of rural households; facilitate market linkages between producers and buyers; and promote local economic development by establishing and strengthening networks. Zrda targets communities in proximity to the administrative boundary lines and communities with ethnic minority populations. During its operation, the Zrda activity will work in 81 communities within five regions of Georgia to create at least 2,400 jobs, increase sales for at least 860 MSMEs, boost incomes of 13,200 households, and generate measurable improvements in community resilience.
Katy Chumburidze, Chief of Party
USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia
Ms. Katy Tchumburidze holds more than 22 years of managing US Government funded initiatives in Georgia and abroad, supporting economic development initiatives through different value chains. Ms. Tchumburidze has been a senior manager at policy reforms development projects, agriculture value chain support program, education and media improvement projects in Georgia. Currently, Ms. Tchumburidze is a Chief of Party of the USAID "Zrda Activity in Georgia", implemented by Chemonics International Inc, supporting sustainable economic development by improving MSME growth, increasing productivity of rural households, faciliating market linkages between producers and buyers through various digital platforms, and promoting new technologies throughout agriculture, tourism and services sectors.
Ms. Tchumburidze has successfully managed large scale partnerships in the country, bringing together public and private sector players for agriculture, hospitability and tourism industry. She has served as a consultant for Millennium Challenge Mozambique Farmer Income Support Projet. Ms. Tchumburidze holds an MBA in international management.
Deputy Chief of Party, USAID Zrda Activity in Georgia
Brittany Patterson brings ten years of project management, field operations, business development, monitoring and evaluation, and large-scale grants management experience for a variety of USAID-funded projects globally ranging from $5-$35 million. With technical expertise in youth engagement, community stabilization and resilience programming, and conflict sensitive approaches to development, Brittany has worked in 14 countries across Latin America, Southeast/South/Central Asia, and Europe.
Brittany previously served as a member of Zrda’s Senior Management Team as the Operations, Subawards, and Compliance Advisor for a year where she became closely involved in Zrda’s activities supporting investments along the ABL and overseeing research and analysis pertaining to economic participation of minority communities in Georgia. Prior to moving to Georgia, Brittany provided technical assistance, project management, and business development support to a diverse portfolio of Chemonics-implemented projects in the economic growth, youth entrepreneurship, conflict mitigation/prevention, and social inclusion space. Before joining Chemonics, Brittany taught at the Servicio Nacional de Aprendizaje (SENA), Colombia’s national workforce development program. Brittany holds a Master of Public Policy in International Development and a Bachelor’s in Environmental Science and Policy with a minor in International Studies.