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Michelle Ward-Brent

Senior Education Analyst

Michelle Ward-Brent is a senior analyst with more than 27 years of experience working with educators, government, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), media, and donors to expand educational access, improve educational and health quality, mobilize communities, promote gender equity, and formulate public-private sector partnerships. She has designed and launched programs in human capacity, basic and secondary education, institutional and economic development, literacy, teacher training, curriculum reform, education finance, policy development, technology, health, advocacy, outreach, and media. Ms. Ward-Brent served as an advisor to USAID/South Africa and USAID/Egypt where she negotiated and managed more than $100 million in NGO grants, contracts, and bilateral agreements. In South Africa, she promoted transparency and built national coalitions for education policy reform. She spearheaded USAID's design, negotiation, and management of $21 million in grants for two of the most successful international Sesame Street co-productions in South Africa and Egypt. At RTI, her work has focused on the Middle East and Africa.


MEd, Social Foundations of Education, Curry Graduate School of Education, University of Virginia; BA, Elementary Education and Television and Film Production, American University.

Latest Publications

Sesame Street runs along the Nile
Haddad, W.D. & Draxler, A. (Eds.) (Jan 2002)
Sesame Street: The longest street in the world - runs along the Nile — TechKnowLogia
Ward-Brent, M. (Sep 2001)