De Alba-González, Ana Cecilia


Ana holds a Doctorate in International Relations with a concentration in Political Economy and Comparative Politics from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University. A Master's degree in Business and International Development from the same university, and a Bachelor's degree in International Relations from the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Occidente (ITESO). She also holds a Certificate in Political Science from the Institute of Political Studies (Sciences Po), France. Her doctoral thesis, "Essays on the Politics and Electoral Implications of Targeting," proposes a conceptual framework for evaluating the targeting of social programs; analyzes mechanisms through which targeted social programs such as Progresa-Oportunidades-Prospera can reflect and generate political loyalties; and examines the electoral impact of self-targeting of the voter registry. As Executive Director of Policy LAB Mexico, she has led projects and consulted for international agencies such as the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, UNDP, OAS, and USAID, as well as for the government of Mexico, local governments, civil associations, and businesses. As such, she has experience in policy design, implementation and evaluation, institutional capacity development, entrepreneurship, and behavioral economics. She served as Presidential Advisor at the Electoral Institute and Citizen Participation of the State of Jalisco, coordinating e-government and citizen engagement projects, as well as the election's records. She was Chief Development Officer at the Jalisco Foundation, collaborating in the establishment of the Berry Program that positioned Jalisco as the second most important producer of blackberries and blueberries in the country. She also collaborated from the UNDP Regional Center for Latin America and the Caribbean in the development of tools to evaluate the capacity, transparency, and gender mainstreaming of local governments. She has taught Political Science, Public Policy, and Economics courses in Mexico and the United States. She has served as a reviewer for the Journal of African Economies at the University of Oxford and has been a member of the Selection Committee for Fulbright-García Robles scholarship recipients.
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  • Bachelor International Relations
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and Economics
  • Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy