INCLUSION AND LEADERSHIP SERIES

The Canopy Lab’s Inclusion and Leadership series seeks to uncover the biases, structures, relationships, and rules which influence who occupies leadership roles in international development. It is one way we contribute to thinking about and advancing DEI and localization efforts in international development.

Over the course of our series, the Canopy Lab has delved into procurement, recruitment, promotion and retention practices of both implementing partners and donors, including USAID. The series has also examined the impact of the global COVID-19 pandemic on development professionals and their respective organizations, as well as explored the future of the industry in a post-pandemic world.

JESSICA RUST-SMITH

Senior Consultant

I work across markets, business and supply chains, impact investing, agriculture, and women’s economic empowerment. I am an experienced monitoring, evaluation, research and learning consultant and project manager with expertise in the use of mixed methods, theory-based approaches and data collection and analysis. I have been working in M&E for market systems development for 10 years now, and going strong.