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Ruth Levine

Ruth Levine (United States)

Chief Executive Officer

Leads the strategic direction of IDinsight.

Ruth E. Levine, Ph.D., guides the overall strategic direction of IDinsight. She is a development economist with more than three decades of experience working on the design and implementation of policies and programs related to global health and education, social protection, gender equality, and labor markets. An expert on the use of data and evidence for decision-making, Ruth was most recently a policy fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Prior to her fellowship at Stanford, Ruth led the Global Development and Population Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation between 2011 and 2019, overseeing a total of approximately $1 billion in philanthropic grantmaking. Previously, she was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that role, Ruth led the development of the agency’s evaluation policy and co-led an initiative to streamline performance measurement.

Ruth spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development, as a senior fellow and the Center’s first vice president for programs and operations; while at CGD, she led projects that resulted in influential publications, including Millions Saved:  Proven Successes in Global Health, Making Markets for Vaccines:  Ideas to Action, Girls Count: A Global Investment & Action Agenda, Start with a Girl: A New Agenda for Global Health, and When Will We Ever Learn? Improving Lives through Impact Evaluation. Earlier in her career, she designed and evaluated health and education projects at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.

Ruth has extensive experience working with governments, researchers, advocates, and service-providing non-governmental organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, and the Caribbean.

She holds a doctoral degree jointly in economics and demography from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Cornell University.