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Claire Brennan | RTI

Claire Brennan

Food Security & Agriculture Research Specialist


Master of Public Health, Health Behavior, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

BS, Foreign Service, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.

Claire Brennan is a public health professional with over a decade of experience designing and implementing international projects and research studies that seek to improve health and wellbeing outcomes for women and children. Ms. Brennan’s work generates rigorous data on interventions for women, children, and families, and applies learning from the global evidence base to improve the effectiveness of policies and programs.

Ms. Brennan is the Global Research Specialist for the USAID Enhancing Nutrition Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning in the Health Sector Activity, a global, cross-sectoral project that increases collaborative generation and use of evidence to improve nutrition and early childhood development. 

Additionally, she provides technical and operational support to the USAID Cambodia Integrated Early Childhood Development Activity. The IECD program works across sectors, including health, nutrition, agriculture, early childhood development, and others, to build the skills, enabling environment and support services needed for Cambodian caregivers, frontline health workers and communities to provide optimal care to support young children’s development. She also co-manages the project’s longitudinal cohort evaluation, which measures changes in caregiving practices over time to find correlations between caregiving and developmental outcomes. Ms. Brennan also oversees RTI’s work on the USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab for Crop Improvement.  

Ms. Brennan came to RTI in 2020 from FHI 360, where she designed and implemented qualitative and quantitative research studies focused on family planning, HIV services for vulnerable populations and gender-based violence in sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Ms. Brennan speaks Spanish and French.