Rebecca Lawrence is the Vice President of the Program Management Unit at Social Impact. In this role she oversees all of SI’s long term, field based projects that provide monitoring, evaluation, learning and capacity building support to clients. Rebecca brings over 20 years of leadership, new business development, and project management experience worldwide, with a technical focus on urban development, democratic governance, and stabilization activities. Her work has covered themes across local governance, accountability, human and institutional capacity development, infrastructure, and service delivery in developing countries and conflict-affected states such as Somalia and Pakistan.
Prior to joining SI, she led USAID’s comprehensive Urban Policy implementation assessment with USAID/LEARN and PPL. From 2013-2018, Rebecca directed over $100m of DAI’s USAID-funded governance programs in Africa, providing technical assistance, oversight, problem solving, and risk mitigation. She also led the inception phase of the DFID-funded Diálogo Programme in Mozambique, aimed at strengthening government accountability and service delivery in five rapidly urbanizing cities. Before joining DAI in 2008, she worked in the Urban Institute’s field and home offices for 12 years on decentralization, local government reform, community development, housing, civil society strengthening, and anti-corruption programs in Eastern Europe, the former Soviet Union, Asia, and Africa. Rebecca holds a Master’s in Public Policy with a concentration in international political economy from Georgetown University.