Marina Lafer is a Policy & Research Associate at J-PAL Latin America & the Caribbean where she works on the State Capacity Program to identify opportunities of impact evaluations of innovative programs aimed at improving the quality and effectiveness of civil servants in Brazil.
Prior to joining J-PAL LAC in 2019, Marina worked at the Secretary of Planning and Regional Development of the State of São Paulo and at Fundação Getulio Vargas’ Project Office, where she advised government officials in organizational development, human resource policy, and state modernization matters.
As a graduate student, Marina worked on short-term projects conducting qualitative evaluations along with community-based organizations in Ecuador, India, and Mozambique.
Marina holds an MPA from Columbia University focusing on economic and political development along with management and public policy. She also holds a bachelor's degree in public administration from Fundação Getulio Vargas.