David Alzate is a Policy Associate at J-PAL, where he works on the Political Economy and Governance team and manages the sector's Governance Initiative (GI).
Prior to joining J-PAL in 2018, he worked as a summer intern with gui2de (the Georgetown University Initiative on Innovation, Development, and Evaluation) in Nairobi, Kenya, assisting in field research for digital financial inclusion and road safety projects. He has also interned at The Inter-American Dialogue and worked as a research assistant at Georgetown University’s Mortara Center Global Governance Lab.
David holds a bachelor’s degree in International Political Economy and a certificate in International Development from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he graduated magna cum laude. His honors undergraduate thesis examined the impact of Mexico’s PROGRESA CCT on labor market informality. Born and raised in Quito, Ecuador, he is a native Spanish speaker and proficient in French.