MENLO PARK, Calif. – Libby Haight, a public policy expert with extensive experience in Mexico, will join The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation in June as an officer in its Global Development and Population Program in Mexico City, officials announced today.
Haight is currently a program officer with the International Budget Partnership, where she manages grants to a half dozen civil society organizations in Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Ecuador, and provides technical assistance on citizen participation, access to public information, and budget monitoring. Previously, she coordinated an applied research project at the University of California, Santa Cruz, on the impact of Mexican citizens exercising their rights to public information.
At the Foundation’s Mexico City office, Haight will be responsible for grantmaking and related activities that support improved transparency and accountability in the way public funds are allocated for basic services. That work, in turn, is part of the Global Development and Population Program’s goal of enhancing conditions for equitable growth in developing countries.
Haight joins a Global Development and Population Program grantmaking team in Mexico City that includes C. R. Hibbs, program officer and managing director for Mexico, and Guadalupe Mendoza Trejo, program officer.
“Libby has demonstrated a keen understanding of the issues central to the Foundation’s grantmaking in Mexico,” said Hewlett Foundation President Paul Brest. “We look forward to her contributions to the team.”
Haight graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, where she pursued a triple major in international relations, Spanish, and theater. She received a master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.
“I’m thrilled to join the Hewlett Foundation in the crucial work of improving social conditions for people around the world,” she said. “The Global Development and Population Program’s innovative approach—building communities of grantees that act together on issues of government transparency and accountability—is a model for this kind of grantmaking.”
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