Virginia Leape graduated from Durham University with a B.A. (Hons) in modern languages and cultures. After graduating, Virginia joined the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) in Beirut, focusing on access to work for Syrian refugees in Lebanon and on monitoring and evaluation of regional crisis response and livelihoods projects. A high point of her work with the ILO Regional Office for Arab States was her participation in an inter-agency group on employment and her work on an evidence-based policy options paper that helped guide the group’s successful advocacy for access to work of Syrian refugees in Lebanon. Prior to Lebanon, Virginia had worked for the ILO as an intern in the International Programme for the Elimination of Child Labour for Central America, Panama, Haiti and the Dominican Republic based in San Jose, Costa Rica, and as an English teacher in an unemployment center in France. At Yale, she plans to focus on pathways to policy change in the complex environment of fragile States, with a particular focus on employment.