With more than 12 years of experience in international program management, Ms. Rizvi has worked in transitional democracies, Muslim-majority contexts, and post-conflict environments. Her work focuses on performance monitoring and evaluation, democracy and governance, civil society strengthening, and women’s political advancement. She manages SI’s indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) contract to provide evaluation services to the U.S. Department of State, as well as oversees SI’s long-term evaluation contract with USAID/Bangladesh to strengthen democratic governance programming.
Ms. Rizvi designed and implemented democracy and governance programs through previous positions at the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. While at NDI, she oversaw, monitored, and assessed a portfolio of grants to support Iraqi civil society actors in conducting domestic election monitoring, voter education, candidate debates, diversity awareness campaigns, and advocacy to advance the rights of women, youth, and ethnic and religious minorities. At the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, she contributed to the design and implementation of the Iraqi Women’s Democracy Initiative, a series of workshops to introduce newly-elected female parliamentarians to conflict resolution and negotiation techniques for influencing the legislative process.
Ms. Rizvi holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School at Tufts University, where her thesis analyzed the roles of U.S. foreign policy and Iranian civil society in promoting democratic values and processes. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Bucknell University.