Libby Spader

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Libby Spader

Director, Programs


Libby Spader joined InsideNGO in 2001, and is now programs director, leading our learning services team. In this role, Libby oversees the development and delivery of InsideNGO’s learning portfolio and strives to provide our sector with practical, relevant, participatory, and engaging learning opportunities. Libby’s background in learning and presentation skills has enabled InsideNGO to develop a robust portfolio of workshops using best practices in adult learning and a roster of trainers who are committed to developing and leading learning curriculum tailored for the needs of our sector. She is also a master trainer for InsideNGO’s Training of Trainers and USAID Rules & Regulations workshops. Graduating from Wesleyan University with a degree in theater, Libby’s career has included education, advertising, classical music management, event logistics for medical education programs, and a memorable stint as Goddess of Culture at a start-up. Libby sits on the GFGP Working Group, which, in collaboration with the African Academy of Sciences, is developing a Pan-African standard for financial management in the not-for-profit sector.

Q + A

What is your favorite band or music artist?

Jimi Hendrix, Playing for Change

What is your favorite place you’ve been to, and where do you want to go next?

Mykonos is a favorite place and I’d like to go to Morocco.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Of course I’d love someone fabulous like Helen Mirren or Meryl Streep but I’d settle for Johnny Depp in a dress.

If you found a genie in a magic lamp, what would your three wishes be? (Usual genie wishing restrictions apply.)

World peace, happiness for my children, and the power of flight!

If you could only eat at one restaurant for the rest of your life, which would it be and why?

A small Florentine trattoria whose name I decline to share!