Amy Porter joined SI in 2018. She currently serves as a Technical Director at Social Impact, where she leads monitoring, evaluation, research, and learning of international development projects related to education policy, school-to-work transitions, and youth leadership, among other topics.

From 2018-2022, Amy was the Senior Researcher on the USAID Middle East Education Research, Training, and Support (MEERS) contract that responded to on-demand requests from the Middle East Bureau and missions in the region to support evidence-based decision making related to the most pressing education issues in the MENA region. She currently leads SI’s Global Partnership for Education MEL capacity strengthening work with ministries of education in several countries.

Prior to joining Social Impact, Amy supported multiple international assessments and evaluations as a consultant. She received her doctorate in Educational Policy Studies from University of Wisconsin, Madison, and her master’s degree in International and Comparative Education from Columbia University – Teachers College. Amy was awarded a Fulbright Hays Doctoral Dissertation Award, FLAS fellowship, and a Boren Fellowship during her graduate studies.  Her dissertation examined contemporary understandings of gender and entrepreneurship among youth and included nearly two years of ethnographic data collection in Dakar, Senegal.