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Elaine Li

Pearson Fellow Alum, MPP '19

Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

Elaine Li graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international politics and a certificate in Asian studies. 

Through a Critical Language Scholarship, Li studied in Qingdao, China, and later continued her language studies at Peking University in Beijing. Following her time at Georgetown, she worked in Shenzhen, China as a consultant with EIC Education, mentoring youths and leading bilingual training for local staff. 

Li has worked for two bureaus of the U.S. Department of State—the Office of Foreign Assistance Resources and the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. Her contributions included researching and analyzing trends in Southeast Asia and developing a policy database intended to inform multiyear strategic plans.

At The Pearson Institute, Li is focused on understanding how to adapt multiple frameworks and methodologies for conflict prevention to specific societies. While at Harris Public Policy, Li has worked as a Research Assistant with the Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab and is a contributor to The Economist, where she helped to develop the framework for the Worldwide Educating for the Future Index. The index is focused on gauging how well countries are prepared to educate their children on skills of the future.

During the summer of 2018, Li worked in the USAID Ethiopia Mission, Office of Education and Youth as a Donald M. Payne International Development Fellow and will join the USAID Foreign Service upon graduation in June 2019.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.