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Ruth Levine is Vice President for Just Societies, and Chief Learning Officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

Ruth is a development economist with more than three decades of experience working on the design and implementation of policies and programs related to global health and education, social protection, gender equality, and labor markets.

Before joining the Packard Foundation in May 2023, she served for three years as CEO of IDinsight, a global research and evaluation nonprofit organization. Ruth led the Global Development and Population Program at the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation between 2011 and 2019, overseeing a total of approximately $1 billion in philanthropic grantmaking. Previously, she was a deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development. In that role, Ruth led the development of the agency’s evaluation policy and co-led an initiative to streamline performance measurement.

Ruth spent nearly a decade at the Center for Global Development as a senior fellow and as the Center’s first vice president for programs and operations. Earlier in her career, she designed and evaluated health and education projects at the Inter-American Development Bank and the World Bank.

She holds a doctoral degree jointly in economics and demography from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Cornell University.

Ruth has extensive experience working with governments, researchers, advocates, and service-providing non-governmental organizations in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, and Latin America, and the Caribbean.

She holds a doctoral degree jointly in economics and demography from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. from Cornell University.