Kellie C. Leeson joined the Development Research Institute at NYU as Managing Director in March 2015. Her work includes managing and coordinating DRI research, external relations, social media and events. Prior to joining DRI, she received her MA in International and Comparative Education, with a concentration in policy and financing from Teachers College, Columbia University.
She worked for fifteen years in the humanitarian world primarily in East Africa at the International Rescue Committee and Concern Worldwide working on refugee issues, with a focus on humanitarian action in urban centers. She also worked in Burkina Faso with a USAID contractor on HIV and reproductive health programming. She has lived in Burkina Faso, the Central African Republic, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Morocco and Russia and speaks French. She also holds a BA from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in International Studies.