Diana Winter is a native Washingtonian who is returning to D.C. after two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Ethiopia where she worked in a rural community implementing projects focused on English language acquisition and gender equality. During her time in Peace Corps, she was also the Outreach Coordinator for the post’s Gender and Development Committee, which sought to integrate gender programming into Peace Corps projects and build partnerships with organizations in Ethiopia working on gender issues. Diana graduated magna cum laude from the College of William and Mary with a degree in International Relations and a minor in French and Francophone Studies. While completing her undergraduate degree, she worked as a Senior Research Assistant for AidData on a survey project seeking to understand how external actors impacted reform efforts in low- and middle-income countries. In that role, she was responsible for managing a team of Research Assistants and supporting AidData’s policy team with statistical analysis and drafting language for findings reports. It was at AidData that Diana first became interested in the impact that donor organizations have on reform outcomes in developing countries. That interest only grew when she started working in an Ethiopian school and saw more intimately the ways in which donor pressure for and involvement in education reform impacted outcomes on the ground. Diana hopes to delve further into these issues while at GHD and in her future career.
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