Thalia's work for Oxfam GB spans 14 years, based in both Latin America and the head office in Oxford, UK, and includes advising, programme development, training, and learning. Recently, she coordinated learning initiatives on Women's Economic Leadership in agricultural markets in East Asia and Latin America, and research on urban working-poor women.
Previously, she was Oxfam GB's global adviser on women workers' rights in the Fair Trade campaign Trading Away our Rights, and developed gender analysis for Oxfam GB's microfinance programming in Central America and Caribbean, West Africa and South Asia. She has facilitated numerous workshops on 'how change happens' and on improving the quality of Oxfam GB's advisory service.
Prior to joining Oxfam, Thalia worked as a community and labour organiser in the USA and Central America.
She is widely published, with articles in both journals and books. Her publications include: 'How do you eat between harvests?':and other stories: engaging men in gender and livelihoods' in Gender Equality and Men: Learning from practice (2004); 'Advocacy for Feminist Microfinance: Some possibilities' in Gender Equity and Economic Reforms: Engendering policy critique and advocacy of Philippine
NGOs (1999); and 'Hacia un sistema financiero alternativo con perspectiva de género' in Latin American journal Encuentro (1998). She has also co-authored the following articles: 'Globalization and gender - dilemmas for microfinance organisations' in international journal Small Enterprise Development, and 'Stormy weather: Microfinance, shocks, and the prospects for sustainability' in New Roles and Relevance (2000, Kumarian Press).
Thalia holds a masters degree in Community and Economic Development from the University of Minnesota, and is a member of the International Association for Feminist Economics (IAFFE).