Claire Walsh

Associate Director of Policy, J-PAL Global

Claire Walsh is Associate Director of Policy at J-PAL Global at MIT. She works with policymakers, J-PAL affiliated researchers, and J-PAL staff around the world to share insights from randomized evaluations and promote evidence informed decision-making and scale-ups of successful social programs. Claire leads J-PAL's Innovation in Government Initiative, a global fund to support governments in harnessing data and evidence to drive innovation and improve public policy. Claire also leads J-PAL's climate change team and advises J-PAL's Gender sector, focusing on approaches to measuring women's empowerment. She previously served as interim Deputy Director of J-PAL Southeast Asia in Jakarta. In 2019, MIT awarded her the “Excellence Award”, among the highest honors of the institute for its staff.

Claire holds an MA from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University where she specialized in development economics and international business relations and a BA in anthropology from Vassar College. Prior to joining J-PAL in 2012, she worked for NGOs working to improve the quality of education and employment opportunities for youth in East Africa.