AidData/College of William & Mary
Director of Policy Analysis
Washington D.C. Metro Area
Samantha directs AidData’s policy and communications efforts to encourage greater visibility, uptake and use of open data for decision-making, advocacy and research. She leads AidData’s work to produce rigorous policy analysis on development investments and results, as well as leveraging social surveys to learn from the experiences of decision-makers in low and middle income countries regarding impact of external money and ideas on domestic policy reforms. Samantha brings a diversified portfolio of over 15 years experience that cuts across traditional boundaries between academia, policy and practice. She has co-authored several World Bank studies on open data and citizen feedback, advised on multilingual education policy with SIL International, coordinated the advocacy efforts of the Asia Multilingual Education Working Group for UNESCO and taught a class on foreign policy with former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Samantha holds masters degrees in Foreign Service and Public Policy.