Tjada comes to CARE from another Atlanta-based global nonprofit, Habitat for Humanity International, where for the last three years, she has overseen program execution and service delivery across more than 70 countries to fulfill Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live.
Prior to Habitat, Tjada spent over a decade working to end world hunger through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the U.S. government. She was a key figure in establishing and leading Feed the Future, the U.S.’s global hunger and food security initiative, and 2012’s G8 initiative to unite governments and the private sector to end hunger.
She has also worked in corporate arena, having built a strong skill set in strategy, innovation and management in various roles at McKinsey & Company, American Express and GE.
As COO, Tjada will oversee CARE’s operations in more than 90 countries working hand in hand with Nunn and others to scale CARE’s fight against poverty and social injustice. She will continue to drive CARE’s strategic plan which aims to impact 200 million lives by 2020.
“My work has been grounded in the simple belief that, no matter where someone’s born, no matter where they live, they should have the ability to live a thriving and successful life,” McKenna said. “I’m eager to continue pursuing this mission at CARE, joining the global fight against poverty.”
Tjada earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Joe, have two young sons, and they are happy that they will continue to reside in Atlanta.