DG TIG Leadership



Lauren Serpe is the Deputy Technical Director on the Global Results and Measurement Team at Pact. She is a monitoring, evaluation, research and learning (MERL) specialist with 15 years of experience designing, implementing, and evaluating results-oriented democracy, governance and civil society strengthening programs, with a focus on learning and adaptive management. She has piloted innovative complexity-adaptive methods in Pact’s global governance portfolio and led on the development of associated handbooks and toolkits. She has expertise implementing a variety of quantitative and qualitative methods in more than 25 countries globally. A regular presenter at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association, most recently Lauren has led expert panels regarding learning, adaptive management, “lean data” and “complexity on a shoestring” topics. Previously she served as a Senior Research Specialist at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES). She has an MA in International Politics from American University in Washington, DC.

Program Chair

Laura Adams works at Pact as the Director for Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning for the USAID-funded global civil society and media strengthening award, CSM-STAND. Previously, she served as Senior Director for Strategy, Development and Learning at Freedom House in Washington DC where she led organizational learning and applied research initiatives. She entered the democracy and learning sector when she was an IIE USAID Democracy Fellow in the Learning Division of the Center of Excellence in Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center) at the U.S. Agency for International Development. Prior to this career transition, she was in academia for fifteen years, most recently at Harvard University as Director of the Program on Central Asia and the Caucasus, Academic Advisor to the M.A. program in Russian, East European and Eurasian area studies, and a Lecturer in Sociology. She specializes in comparative and cross-national research methods, qualitative methods, the design of research and evaluation, and participatory evaluation approaches.  Dr. Adams holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of California-Berkeley and a B.A. from Macalester in Russian Area Studies.


Marian Ware is a Senior Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Specialist focused on inclusive MEL approaches in the Middle East and North Africa as well as sub-Saharan Africa regions. She works at the International Republican Institute (IRI), an international non-governmental organization that builds and supports democratic actors and practices globally, and serves as an advisor of IRI’s Political Inclusion Community of Practice in addition to her MEL role. Marian has led the development of IRI’s inclusive MEL approach and institutional approach to political inclusion, and currently supports project design, monitoring, evaluation and learning efforts across sub-Saharan Africa. She has experience leveraging complex-aware, participatory MEL methods such as Most Significant Change and Ripple Effect Mapping to support project monitoring, and has supported more than a dozen evaluations, including in extremely challenging, authoritarian, and conflict-affected contexts. Marian holds a Master's degree in Peace and Conflict Management Studies from the University of Haifa, in Haifa, Israel, as well as a Bachelor's degree in International Affairs and Humanities from the University of Colorado. She has spent several years living and traveling in the Middle East, and speaks both Levantine Arabic and French conversationally.

Program Co-Chair

Jerim Obure is a Global Senior Specialist for Monitoring, Evaluation, Research & Learning (MERL) at the International Justice Mission (IJM). IJM is an international development organization that is based in Washington DC and that works to strengthen criminal justice systems around the world to be effective in protecting vulnerable people from violence through justice processes, standards, and systems. Jerim has had over 10 years of experience in practicing Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning in multi sectoral contexts, including human rights and governance, global health, and youth development programs. Part of these  experiences includes working for the National Human Rights Commission in Kenya where the scope of programmatic work included; institutional reforms, democracy and human rights, rule of law, state compliance monitoring, among others.  Jerim’s interests include; M&E capacity building, institutional M&E capacity strengthening, strategic planning, program evaluations, M&E methods, and Implementation Science, among others. He also enjoys working in cross cultural environments. Jerim holds a Master of Science degree in International Development from the University of Amsterdam, with specialization in Development Monitoring and Evaluation. 

Communications Chair

Denise Baer is a Monitoring, Evaluation, Research and Learning (MERL) professional, political scientist and consultant with over 30 years’ experience in research and evaluation with substantive specialties across the range of democracy support including elections and campaign finance, social movements and civic groups, political parties, parliamentary strengthening, gender lens programming and private sector engagement.  She teaches evaluation at George Washington University and was Founding Director of the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) Evaluation Department, one of the four core National Endowment for Democracy (NED) core institutes and has done consulting for a variety of U.S. federal agencies and nonprofits in democracy, governance and women’s empowerment.  Her interests include mixed methods integration, systems and multi-level causal impact approaches, institutional reforms, association capacity-building, evidence-based policies and women’s history. Dr. Baer holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political science and research methods from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois-Champaign-Urbana. 

Ex-Officio Co-Chair

Megan Guidrey is an M&E specialist with more than twelve years of USAID and public and private sector experience, including field posts in Afghanistan, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa. She brings a strong technical background in capacity building for M&E, designing monitoring and evaluation plans and tracking tools, data analysis, qualitative and quantitative research methods, and monitoring programs in closed societies. Prior to joining Internews, she served as the communications and monitoring and evaluation specialist for USAID Somalia (based in Nairobi, Kenya) and the senior monitoring and evaluation specialist for a USAID rule of law project based in Kabul, Afghanistan. She has a Master of Science (MS) degree from American University’s School of International Service, a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from American’ University’s Kogod School of Business, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.

Ex-Officio Chair

Alysson Akiko Oakley is the Director for Results and Measurement at Pact, an international development organization based in Washington, DC. She is an experienced practitioner in the fields of international development, governance, and democratization, and specializes in improving program strategy and demonstrating impact. She serves as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University where she teaches courses on strategy, as well as program design, monitoring and evaluation of democracy assistance and conflict resolution interventions. Previously, she served as Senior Adviser for Monitoring and Evaluation at the International Republican Institute (IRI) and Director of Programs at the U.S.-Indonesia Society (USINDO). In addition, she was an Associate Editor for the Cambridge University Press Southeast Asia “Elements” series, and a principal Asia-Pacific analyst for Freedom House’s flagship publication Freedom in the World, authoring multiple Southeast Asia country reports from 2009 to 2017. Dr. Oakley has a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Arts (MA) from Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) from Brown University.