Dr. Claire Lucas is currently the Senior Advisor for Public-Private Partnerships in the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances (IDEA) at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In her role, Dr. Lucas is leading USAID’’s effort to expand the creation and implementation of strategic public-private partnerships and facilitate the Agency’s collaboration with the private sector to achieve its development and U.S. foreign policy objectives.

Claire Lucas is an international development expert, coalition builder, entrepreneur and philanthropist with more than 20 years of experience working to improve the welfare of individuals around the world through multi-stakeholder project development, systematic research and community investment and outreach.

Claire Lucas has held several leadership positions at the World Bank where she was responsible for managing teams and processes which resulted in the creation of numerous, multi-million dollar multiple stakeholder international development projects. She was also responsible for the design and implementation of a variety of in-depth studies on a range of development topics.

Prior to joining the World Bank, Claire Lucas worked for the Harvard Institute for International Development, the Pan-American Health Organization as well as several consulting firms. Claire Lucas also started my own company which focuses on creating innovative and profitable communities.

Dr. Lucas earned her Ph.D. from The Johns Hopkins University and an  S.M.  from Harvard University. She also has a B.A. in International Relations from Pomona College. She studied abroad in Madrid, Spain and is fluent in Spanish.