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Creative Associates International Overview

Washington, DC
501 to 1000 employees
Other Organization
Business Services
$100 to $500 million (USD) per year
Creative Associates International provides outstanding, on-the-ground development services and forges partnerships to deliver sustainable solutions to global challenges.

Founded in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative’s experts focus on ... Read more

Mission: Creative's mission is to support people around the world to realize the positive change they seek. Creative envisions stable neighborhoods, communities and regions that can develop effective institutions to provide for their people, enabling them to overcome ... Read more

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Creative Associates International – Why Work For Us?


Creative Associates International provides outstanding, on-the-ground development services and forges partnerships to deliver sustainableundefinedsolutions to global challenges. Its experts focus on building inclusive educational systems, transitioning communities from conflict to peace, developing sustainable economic growth, engaging youth, promoting transparent elections and more. Creative is recognized for its ability to quickly adapt and excel in conflict and post-conflict environments. To deliver a high degree of service, innovative theories of change and solid project evaluation, Creative is divided into four program divisions:

  • Education
  • Communities in Transition
  • Economic Growth
  • Cross Function

Since its founding in 1977 by four enterprising women, Creative has been a results-driven organization. In the area of education, for example, since 2000 Creative has trained nearly 390,000 teachers in new strategies, approaches and pedagogical undefinedtechniques. About 45 percent of the teachers are based in Africa. Thanks to the support of international clients, multilateral donors and the private sector, Creative has active programs in 20 countries—from Honduras to Tanzania and Yemen to Cambodia. Since its founding, Creative has undertaken projects in more than 85 countries. Today, the Creative counts on a professional staff of more than 1,000 people around the world who are committed to working with officials, nongovernmental organizations and community members to realize the positive change they seek.


To support people around the world to realize the positive change they seek.



Creative envisions stable neighborhoods, communities and regions that can develop effective institutions to provide for their people, enabling them to overcome hardship and live peaceful and fulfilling lives.


  • Respect for One Another
  • Forthright, Clear and Direct Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Client Focus
  • Technical Excellence

The Beginning: Four Women, One Vision

In 1977 in a Washington, D.C. basement, four women with diverse cultural backgrounds and a single passion for educational excellence and opportunity founded the enterprise that would become Creative Associates International.

Charito Kruvant was a pioneer in bilingual education who had worked with Head Start in minority neighborhoods in New Jersey. Mimi Tse, originally trained as a chemist, was fascinated by child psychology and the development of the young mind. Diane Dodge was an early childhood specialist, and Cheryl Jones was an accomplished education practitioner. Both were from the United States.


“We wanted to be sure that we could have an impact in society,” recalls Charito Kruvant. “The four of us came from different cultural settings—Latin American, Chinese, African America and American—and we strongly believed that we had skills and experiences that could benefit others.”

The four collaborated on an early childhood development project that focused on U.S. education and human development programs. Eventually, their domestic focus turned to international educational development and supporting communities in transition.

Their entrepreneurial spirit helped to build Creative’s reputation for innovation, initiative and flexibility.

Today, Charito and Mimi continue to lead Creative and oversee global operations that have grown to 20 countries and more than 1,000 employees. The Company’s portfolio has grown considerably and now includes economic growth, stabilizing communities, enhancing good governance, promoting transparent elections and more.



Creative’s experts have passion, commitment and technical skills, all of which are combined to develop and implement meaningful projects around the world. Creative’s experts have worked in multiple countries, most speak at least two languages and they are often invited to share their insight at conferences and in professional journals.


Creative Associates International works in collaboration with communities so they may achieve the positive change they seek.

Creative uses well designed, field-proven approaches that produce results that can be measured and replicated. A key component of Creative’s approach is the use of skilled individuals in its Washington, D.C., headquarters and its field offices. Today, Creative has a full-time staff of nearly 200 in its headquarters and approximately 900 in its field offices.

When reviewing candidates for open positions, Creative rates technical expertise, experience and a team spirit as fundamental requirements. In addition, the organization seeks individuals with high degrees of integrity and dependability, as well as sharing a love for the work we do. If this fits you, then consider joining in our endeavors and success.

Creative is committed to a vibrant and diverse workforce. Its headquarters staff speak a variety of languages and represent countries from nearly every continent.

Creative offers competitive salary and benefits packages, as well as investing in the professional development of its staff.


Promoting positive change around the world is Creative’s mission. Using proven approaches and global experience, Creative’s team members support individuals, communities, host governments, the private sector and others to achieve this mission.


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    Great staff with bright, engaged minds.


    Low pay considering its a for profit

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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Creative Associates International (Washington, DC) in September 2016.


    I applied online, more than a month later I was called about a phone interview. The phone interview went well, they seemed eager to have me in the same week as my phone interview. The in-person interview was with four people, I fielded their questions well. I've never been made to feel like being experienced (which I am) was a bad thing but somehow the program staff in the room made me feel this way. Despite that, I felt like the interview went well. I was told they'd be making a decision in the next week.

    Never heard a single thing. When I emailed to inquire about it, not a single response. Completely and totally unprofessional in my opinion.

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