Ruth Levine is Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the US Agency for International Development. She leads the agency’s efforts in evaluation, an area being revitalized as a fundamental practice within the discipline of development.
Before joining USAID in March 2010, Ms. Levine was Vice President for Programs and Operations and Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, a Washington, DC think tank focusing on development policy. She joined the Center for Global Development (CGD) soon after it was created in the fall of 2001 and helped to shape the Center’s unique approach to making the world a better place by conducting independent research to devise practical new policy solutions to reduce global poverty and inequality, and then pushing these ideas into action. Ms. Levine is an internationally recognized health economist, with over 15 years experience designing and assessing the effects of social sector programs in Latin America, Eastern Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia. Before joining CGD, Ms. Levine designed, supervised, and evaluated loans at the World Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank. Between 1997 and 1999, she served as the advisor on the social sectors in the office of the executive vice president of the Inter-American Development Bank.