Alejandra Garcia Diaz Villamil

Feminist Political Transformational Leadership: Evaluating the impact of Bolivian women leaders in advancing the social justice agenda.

Alejandra Garcia Diaz VillamilSupervisors: Jill Steans and Emma Foster

Alejandra's doctoral research focuses on the intersection of women’s leadership, political participation and empowerment theory. The study is largely evaluative in nature, and consequently, focuses primarily on a mixed-methods approach with ethnographic style analysis.

Alejandra has over 10 years of research, evaluation, and monitoring experience within Latin America, Africa, and the United States. Her prior work experience focused on maintaining monitoring and evaluations systems for ProMujer, Community Research Institute at Grand Valley State University, NeighborWorks America, and National Democratic Institute. She led the program design and set up of M&E systems for programmes over 30 M funded by USAID, DRL, State Dept, DFID, SIDA, and DANIDA to reduce poverty and increase women’s empowerment and political participation.  Alejandra designed and conducted gender-sensitive formative and summative evaluations using participatory methods. She has also authored curriculum and learning tools to gender mainstreaming M&E. Alejandra is currently the Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Vital Voices Global Partnership.



  • Masters in Public Administration- Non-profit Management

  • MALPS – Gender and Women Studies

  • BA in Polsci

Research interests

Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Theory

Women’s Political Participation

Women’s Leadership

Women’s Economic Empowerment 

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