Before joining Teach For Bulgaria in 2010, Evgenia Peeva-Kirova worked as a management consultant at McKinsey and Company, where she advised leading companies across industries ranging from technology and pharmaceuticals to industrial electronics to non-profits on core business issues related to strategy, growth and expansion, marketing, and sales. In 2010, Evgenia was approached by America for Bulgaria Foundation, which provided a generous start-up grant for the launch of Teach For Bulgaria and is still its major supporter, to return back to her country and take on the challenge to set up the organization.
Evgenia is co-founder and president of the non-profit Step for Bulgaria Foundation, which has delivered life-skills education and professional development training to underprivileged Bulgarian youth since 2007. She has built funder support and has led the expansion of the initial pilot program, providing English language and computer literacy training for 30 teenagers without parents, into a full-fledged summer academy and a full-year educational program. Since 2007, dedicated volunteers working at the foundation have trained over 150 youth living without parental care.
Evgenia holds a B.A. cum laude in Social Studies from Harvard University. Her senior thesis identified the success factors for change makers in universities in post-communist Central and Eastern Europe. During her time in college, she initiated and/or managed multiple projects with a focus on international exchange and human development, including two exhibits on human rights, a photography exhibit about Bulgaria at Boston’s Logan International Airport, international student conferences with the Harvard College in Asia Project, and the annual edition of La Vida: The Guide to Latino Life at Harvard.