I am an expert on international security policy with a particular focus on women, peace and security, and a strong background in advocacy, research design and implementation, writing and analysis, and non-profit management.
International security policy
Women, peace and security
Research design and management
I am currently working with UN Women, where my portfolio has included strategy and development as part of the WPS-HA Compact team; surge support for our work in Ukraine; and support to our work in Afghanistan.
I was formerly a Director at InclusivePeace, where I focused on the women, peace and security portfolio, on the organization’s work in Latin America, and on international policy strategy, in particular around the UN in New York.
From 2017 to 2020, I developed and then led the Women, Peace and Security program at the International Peace Institute. Prior to this I was the the women, peace and security advocate in the women’s rights division at Human Rights Watch, where I focused both on international accountability to women’s rights in conflict, and on women, peace and security concerns in specific country situations. In this role, I continued to push governments and the UN to live up to their obligations to women and girls in armed conflict, and published pieces on Burma, Afghanistan, the Central African Republic, sexual exploitation and abuse, and women in peace talks.
Before joining Human Rights Watch in 2015, I was the Executive Coordinator of the NGO Working Group on Women, Peace and Security, a senior-level leadership coalition of NGOs that holds the UN Security Council accountable to its obligations on women’s rights.
I have worked and conducted research on numerous conflict contexts, particularly on women conflict negotiators, and written on numerous aspects of the women, peace and security agenda. I hold an MA and a PhD in Political Science.
English: Excellent (first language)
Spanish: Working level