Ms. Armstrong serves as the Chief Financial Officer of International Relief & Development (IRD), having joined IRD in 2009. Founded in 1998, IRD has more than 40 international offices and an annual operating budget of $680 million, primarily funded by government grants. Her primary responsibilities include managing IRD’s financial and audit programming.
Before her service at IRD, Ms. Armstrong worked for more than 30 years in executive positions with many non-profit institutions, including Pathfinder International, University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Pacific/Asian American Mental Health Research Center, Metropolitan Planning Council, American Cultural Center of Baghdad, and American Bar Association. In addition, Ms. Armstrong spent several years as Chief Financial Officer for the Metropolitan Planning Council, Friends of the Parks, Corporation for Open Lands, Open Lands Project, Upper Illinois Valley Association and Wetlands Research Institute.
Ms. Armstrong earned a Master’s degree in Accountancy from DePaul University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Chicago. She is also a Certified Public Accountant. Ms. Armstrong has a strong affinity for microfinance and the Grameen family of companies. While serving as CFO of Pathfinder International, the organization received a grant from GrameenPhone to expand health programming in rural areas. She lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband James (a Mesopotamian archaeologist) and their two daughters.