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Joanna Springer | RTI

Joanna Springer

Resilience and Market Systems Research Advisor


Master of Public Policy and Administration, Economic Development, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
BA, Political Sociology and Middle East Studies, Hampshire College


Joanna Springer is a research and learning expert focused on resilience strengthening and measurement at the household, community, and system levels. She has more than ten years of experience in international development, having carried out research and evaluation related to economic development, aid policy, community engagement, and rule of law in the Middle East and East Africa.

Currently, Ms. Springer leads studies measuring market system and household resilience in Ethiopia, Somalia, and Kenya, and supports Collaborating, Learning and Adapting for USAID resilience activities in Ethiopia. She is responsible for advising special studies and evaluation efforts related to social inclusion, resilience, and market system strengthening in East Africa and the Caribbean.

Ms. Springer came to RTI in 2018 from Global Communities, where she designed and helped launch the action learning component of a five-year USAID community engagement and stabilization project in Yemen. She developed a resilience research and learning approach for Community Driven Development (CDD) for USAID in South Sudan, and piloted and adapted a social capital index for evaluating project outcomes in multiple countries.

Ms. Springer speaks French and Levantine Arabic.