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Vivian Bronsoler joined J-PAL in September 2014 as a Policy Manager. Based in Mexico, she works on the promotion of scientific evidence to inform policy in Mexico and Central America by building partnerships with policymakers, providing technical assistance, and conducting policy outreach and analysis. Vivian has experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of social policies both at the national and local levels. At the national level, she worked as an adviser for the implementation of a project sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation aimed at bringing access to savings to the rural poor in Mexico, which established an electronic payment system for Oportunidades conditional cash transfer recipients in rural communities. While working at the Mexico City Government, she designed and implemented a government performance evaluation program and developed a strategic plan to restructure social policies in the City. Vivian also served as an intern for the World Bank in Jakarta, Indonesia, in an area focused on subnational development. She holds a Master of Public Policy from University of California, Berkeley and a B.A. in Political Science from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).
John Floretta is Associate Director of Policy for J-PAL. He works with policymakers, J-PAL affiliated researchers, and J-PAL global and regional staff to disseminate lessons from randomized evaluations and promote evidence informed decision-making and scale-ups of successful social programs.
John was Deputy Director of J-PAL South Asia during 2011-2015 where he helped run J-PAL’s largest regional office. His work in India focused on disseminating policy lessons and scaling up evidence-backed interventions. He was also involved with building monitoring and evaluation capacity of government and civil society partners, including the establishment of the South Asia Center for Learning on Evaluation and Results (CLEAR), a World Bank coordinated initiative.
His career has centered on international development program management and analysis. He worked with the United Nations Development Program and United Nations World Food Program in China for five years and led evaluation and organizational learning assignments with Nike Foundation and Mercy Corps. John speaks Mandarin and has lived and worked in Asia for over 12 years. He holds a Master's of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University with concentrations in development economics and human security.
Rachel Glennerster is Executive Director of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research includes randomized evaluations of education, health, microfinance, community-driven development, agriculture, women's empowerment and governance in Sierra Leone, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and India. She serves as Scientific Director for J-PAL Africa and Co-Chair of J-PAL's Education Sector. She helped to establish Deworm the World, which now deworms over 150 million children a year. She is co-author of Strong Medicine: Creating Incentives for Pharmaceutical Research on Neglected Diseases, and Running Randomized Evaluations: A Practical Guide.
Gautam Patel is a Senior Policy Manager at J-PAL South Asia and works to build partnerships with policymakers in the region to ensure that policy is driven by evidence and effective programs are scaled up. Prior to joining J-PAL South Asia in 2013, he worked in research and management positions for governments in Gujarat, Rajasthan, and Oxfordshire. Gautam graduated from London School of Economics and Political Science in 2007 with a Master's of Development Management and a concentration in India’s development, history, and politics. He also holds a Master's in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry from Oxford University (2003).