Caitlin Pierce received a master of public affairs degree in June 2013 from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She graduated with distinction in the field of international development, where her studies focused on governance and conflict issues, including research on humanitarian intervention and sexual violence in DRC, and a consultancy for USAID and UNDP on electoral security, devolution, and conflict in Kenya.
As part of Princeton’s Scholars in the Nations Service Initiative, Pierce served for two years in the federal government. From 2011 to 2012 she worked as an analyst and governance advisor for the U.S. Agency for International Development in Washington, D.C., and the agency’s Democracy and Governance Office in Ethiopia, where she focused on pastoralist peacebuilding and human rights issues at the intersection of economic development and natural resource use. Prior to that, she worked as a special assistant in the Office of the Special Envoy for Climate Change at the U.S. Department of State, and held an internship at the U.S. Department of Justice.
Pierce graduated from Dartmouth College in 2009 with majors in economics and environmental studies. She has held positions in Canada, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, India, Kenya, and South Africa.