Andria Hayes-Birchler

Andria has more than fifteen years experience working in international development, including M&E, research, knowledge management, policy reforms, and gender analyses. She has almost a decade of experience working with the US Government, including working for USAID, MCC, Peace Corps, and the US African Development Foundation. She also has several years of experience living and working abroad in South Africa, Tanzania, Mali, and Indonesia, along with engaging in many short-term field assignments globally. 

Andria is a skilled researcher, data analyst, and policy analyst, with a passion for ensuring quantitative and qualitative data – as well as evaluations – are utilized to drive reforms and improvements within the international aid sector. In this vein, she’s worked with MCC on making their evaluations more accessible through Summaries of Findings, worked with Women for Women International on a series of blogs to communicate their M&E work to the broader public, and worked with the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN) to hold agencies accountable to using quality evaluations to drive decision-making. She has experience working to improve the quality of evaluations and data management systems with USAID, MCC, Peace Corps, Women for Women International, and UNHCR.  

While Andria has wide sector experience – including water, sanitation, education, livelihoods and SMEs, and good governance – her specialty is working on women’s empowerment programs and ensuring gender considerations and analyses are incorporated into development assistance, as well as M&E systems and deliverables. She is a recognized expert on the role various laws, policies, and projects have on promoting women’s social and economic well-being and empowerment globally. She has presented with other gender experts on panels at the World Bank, the UN Committee for the Status of Women, the Society for International Development, and the US African Development Foundation. She has previously won awards for her gender-related research from the University of Wisconsin and from the Millennium Challenge Corporation. She holds a Masters in International Public Affairs from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a BA in International Studies from Washington College.