Dr. Jodi Nelson is Senior Vice President, Policy and Practice, at the International Rescue Committee (IRC), where she has overall strategic and operational responsibility for IRC program technical units – including Research and Evaluation, as well as Global Advocacy and Strategic Communications. Prior to rejoining IRC, Jodi spent six years at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where she was the organization’s head of strategy, measurement and evaluation, working across program areas in global health, development, advocacy and U.S. education. Jodi previously spent eight years at the IRC, where she led an initiative to bridge the gap between academics and aid workers to strengthen the quality of data used to effect and measure change in post-conflict countries. She founded the IRC’s department of Research, Evaluation and Learning. She has a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia University, and has taught at Princeton and New York University.