Kelly Bidwell OES Director

Kelly joined the team as a Fellow in 2013, and took on the role as OES Director in July 2016. Kelly has built a large portfolio of global health projects and a strong multi-year collaboration with USAID, in addition to leading collaborations and project development with the VA. Kelly holds a MA in International Affairs from Columbia University, where she focused on economic development, education and evaluation methods. In her previous roles at Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) and the Jameel Abdul Latif Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL), Kelly served in technical and management positions launching, supervising and running numerous randomized control trials across sectors, leading training and dissemination efforts internationally, launching and growing programs and country offices, and supporting the use of impact evaluations and rigorous evidence for informed and effective policy making with numerous governments. Kelly lived and worked abroad, mostly in sub-Saharan Africa, for much of her professional career prior to joining GSA.