Farrah Meisel Toobin

Deputy Chief of Staff and Special Assistant to the COO

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Farrah manages communication between the chief operating officer (COO) and internal and external stakeholders, supports BGA strategic initiatives and manages the COO’s schedule.

She previously served as BGA’s head of research in Washington, D.C., and managed the research team locally while working with the Asia-based staff on implementing best practices. Farrah started at BGA as the research director for mainland Southeast Asia, during which time she provided support for clients operating in Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar and Thailand.

Farrah has worked in a variety of capacities in the private, public and non-profit sectors in Japan, Thailand and with Asian subsidiaries in the United States. In Japan, Farrah taught high school English and developed the department’s curriculum. She later returned to the United States to support the operations team at a Japanese publishing company where she managed relationships with Asian vendors while reducing the company’s overall costs.

In Thailand, Farrah served six months at a grassroots civil society organization working at the intersection of international development and human rights. She co-coordinated an international advocacy campaign with multiple rights-based non-government organizations.

Farrah received a Master of Public Policy degree from George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from Wheaton College in Massachusetts. As part of her master’s thesis, she consulted for the U.S. Agency for International Development to review the role of development in civil-military operations during the U.S.-Vietnam War. The report was later published in the InterAgency Journal.