Kathleen Keefe graduated cum laude from Wellesley College in 2009 with a double major in political science and Russian. Most recently, she worked with Chemonics International, managing the implementation of USAID programs in Eastern Europe and Central Asia that promote land market development and support the growth of small and medium agricultural enterprises. Prior to this, she received a Fulbright grant to Khabarovsk, in the Russian Far East, where she designed and delivered English language courses at two universities. Formerly, at Mathematica Policy Research, Kathleen conducted domestic program evaluation in the health and human services sectors, co-authoring reports on labor, health care, and defense programs and serving as lead author of a report on state modernization efforts and performance measurement capabilities for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. At Yale, Kathleen intends to study the theory and analytical frameworks that inform policymaking for effective development assistance, with a focus on economic growth and trade initiatives in the post-Soviet space.