Brenda Lee Pearson, an experienced chief of party with expertise in monitoring, evaluation, and learning (ME&L), currently serves as ME&A’s chief of party on the USAID-funded Data for Development project in Tanzania. Her 25 years of international development experience includes providing technical assistance to projects funded by USAID, the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the World Bank, and United Nations agencies in nearly 40 countries.
Her wide range of technical expertise includes ME&L, governance, food security, nutrition, resilience, rural and urban livelihoods, gender, youth, early warning and response planning, business enabling environment reform, workforce development, conflict mitigation and stabilization, and countering violent extremism. Ms. Pearson has published more than 100 articles and conference presentations and conducted numerous assessments and performance evaluations in Africa, Asia, Central America, Middle East, Europe, and Eurasia. She is a passionate advocate for the equitable treatment of women, youth, and vulnerable populations because gender bias and ethnic, religious, and sexual discrimination are ultimately a threat to the peace and the security of an entire community or country.
Ms. Pearson holds masters’ degrees in international economics and international relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). She completed post-graduate studies at the University of Maastricht in the Netherlands. She is fluent in Italian, proficient in French and Spanish, and conversational in Egyptian Arabic.