Dr. Andrea Allen has 20 years of experience addressing international development issues, with expertise in gender and development, indigenous populations, agribusiness, natural resource management and participatory methods,. She has experience in strategic planning, project design, and evaluation, as well as public and private sector grant writing and fundraising. From 1994 to 1996, Dr. Allen worked for CARE, managing technical assistance teams, carrying out assessments, and providing training in livelihood security and assessment methods. She then worked for eleven years on various projects with the U.S. Agency for International Development, where she advised on strategic planning to achieve heightened participation of men and women and integrated social and gender analysis into contract solicitations. She also assessed field programs to improve project design and reporting related to socio-economic, gender and agribusiness initiatives. Dr. Allen also serves as Advisor for Research and Program Development with the Center for Gender in Global Context, where she facilitates the development of institutional partnerships, collaborative faculty research initiatives, and corresponding fund raising efforts. She holds a Ph.D. degree in anthropology and speaks fluent Spanish.