Claudia Macías is Associate Director of Policy, Training and Research at J-PAL Latin America & Caribbean (LAC). She joined J-PAL LAC as Policy Manager in July of 2013. She is now responsible for overseeing the three verticals at the regional office, coordinating their work and identifying synergies between them. Claudia has experience in the design, implementation, and evaluation of social programs. She worked for three years in the Secretariat of Social Development in Mexico, designing and revising programs that were focused on infrastructure, housing, community participation, and slum upgrading. Claudia implemented and coordinated research projects while working for Fundación IDEA and C230 Consultores, a Mexican think-tank and its affiliated public policy consultancy firm. She also served as an intern for India Urban Space Foundation, a nonprofit organization based in Bangalore, India. Claudia holds a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University and a BA in Economics from Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM).