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Liz Ruedy

Director of Strategy, Impact, and Learning

Elizabeth Ruedy is the Director of Strategy, Impact, and Learning at Democracy Fund, an independent foundation working to ensure that our political system is able to withstand new challenges and deliver on its promise to the American people. She oversees the organization’s development of strategy and use of evidence to understand how the systems in which Democracy Fund works are changing, and whether/how Democracy Fund is contributing to that change.

Prior to joining Democracy Fund in 2017, Liz was the director of the Office of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at the International Republican Institute, a non-profit, non-partisan organization that advances democracy and human rights worldwide. At IRI, Liz oversaw an evaluation practice that emphasized the use of evidence to both assess and inform programs to support responsive political and government institutions, engaged citizens, and inclusive political and civic processes, with a focus on complexity-aware approaches and participatory methods. She has nearly 20 years’ experience in democracy assistance in both program management and evaluation.

Liz taught a graduate-level course on monitoring and evaluation for foreign assistance programs at the George Washington University from 2011-2017. She holds a master’s degree in European and Eurasian Studies from the George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary.