Director

Laura Arntson

Laura Arntson recently joined the Global Health, Education, and Economic Growth Practice. Laura has over 20 years of experience in monitoring and evaluation (M&E), having worked in Liberia, Guinea, Mali, Nigeria, Ghana, Sudan, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Botswana, South Africa, Angola, Montenegro, Rep. of Georgia, The West Bank, Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Nepal, Indonesia, Timor-Leste, Vietnam, Haiti, Jamaica, Eastern Caribbean States, Mexico, El Salvador, Colombia, and Peru. She is experienced in both quantitative (R, SAS, EpiInfo) and qualitative (MAXQDA, DeDoose) data collection and analysis, and has designed and carried out statistically representative surveys, epidemiological studies, performance evaluations, and in-depth qualitative research. Laura worked in USAID Missions and Offices for 10 years, in DC (PPL/LER, Global Health Bureau, FFP, and OFDA) and the field (Liberia and Nigeria), and with various NGOs/small-medium businesses, and with UNICEF-Sudan (Darfur). Laura has carried out independent research in northern Sierra Leone, the Republic of Guinea, and Mali, and has an MPH from Tulane University and a PhD in Folklore & Ethnomusicology from Indiana University. She is completing a second PhD, in Public Health from Oregon State University. Before pursuing international work, Laura studied music at Western Washington University and The New England Conservatory of Music.