Farrah Toobin

Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the COO

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Farrah’s role is at the heart of BGA’s operations. She is central to our success for several reasons: she knows BGA inside out because she started shortly after the company was formed; is a warrior-advocate for BGA’s people; is a talented writer and researcher; and, as a mother, is hard to surprise. She is the right hand of our COO and develops and leads many strategic initiatives to strengthen the company technically, financially, through technology. She is committed to ensuring BGA is a safe and rewarding place to work. She started her management level work has head of the research team. Farrah has lived and worked in Thailand and Japan. As one of the company’s Californians, she loves both LA’s fish tacos and Bangkok’s street food. She is the proud granddaughter of immigrants, who helped raise her and told her stories of what it takes to start anew in a different country. Her home is filled with her husband Elliott and son Parker, who has a sister on the way, and their curious cat Nugget.

  • Worked at a grassroots civil society organization in Thailand where she co-coordinated an international advocacy campaign with rights-based non-profits and intergovernmental organizations focusing on human rights and environmental issues inside Myanmar.
  • Worked at a Japanese publishing company where she managed relationships with Asian vendors to expand its business footprint in the U.S.


  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • Malaysia
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand

Functional Expertise

  • Administration & Management
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Government Relations


  • ICT
  • International Development & Migration
  • Not For Profit
  • The George Washington University (2008-2010)—Master of Public Policy in International Development Management.
  • Wheaton College Massachusetts (2001-2005)—Bachelor of Arts in Sociology.
  • Kanda University of International Studies (2003)—Japanese politics & Sociological Analysis of Japan.
  • Member of Pi Alpha Alpha (2010)
  • “A Legacy of Vietnam: Lesson from CORDS”
  • InterAgency Journal, Summer 2011 (http://thesimonscenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/IAJ-2-2-Summer-2011.pdf)