Daniel Lapidus

Senior Economist and Policy Analyst


  • MA, International Relations, Specialization in Development Economics, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies
  • BA, Anthropology and Premedical Sciences, University of Virginia

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Daniel Lapidus has more than a decade of experience managing international rural development and natural resource management programs, focusing on the intersection of agriculture and climate change. He leads projects and research efforts spanning several areas, including socioeconomic impact analysis, regulatory impact assessment, agricultural policy, bioenergy, ecosystem services, and technology transfer. Before joining RTI, he worked at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service, where he led multicountry initiatives that focused on the sustainable agricultural and climate change, including the agricultural sector components of the Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies program and the Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas program. Mr. Lapidus has led and provided support to projects funded by USDA, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. He has worked in 20 countries and is fluent in Spanish.