Alexandra Pittman, PhD
Alexandra Pittman is the founder of AVP Global Consulting, LLC, which specializes in research and evaluation for human rights, women's rights, and social justice organizations, networks, and movements. Alexandra has worked with a diverse set of donors and international nonprofits since 2005, including Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID), Foundation Center, FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund, Kvinna til Kvinna, Open Society Foundations (NYC and Armenia), Oxfam America, Oxfam International, Oxfam Great Britain, Mama Cash, Spring Strategies, UNDP, UN Women Trust Fund for VAW, and Women’s Learning Partnership (WLP).
Publications span both professional and academic spheres, including a chapter in the 2011 Reality of Aid report (with Anne Schoenstein and Lydia Alpizar), a chapter on the family law reform in Morocco (with Rabéa Naciri) in Citizen Action and National Policy Reform: Making Change Happen (eds. John Gaventa and Rosemary McGee), a co-authored paper on M&E in women’s rights organizations, "Capturing Changes in Women’s Realities" (with Srilatha Batliwala), and she is the creator and moderator of AWID's M&E wiki.
Alexandra received her Masters degree in International Education Policy from Harvard University and PhD in Sociology and Cultural Psychology from Boston College. She also held a Senior Research Fellowship position at the Hauser Center for Nonprofits at Harvard University from 2010-2011, working on the role of brand in international nonprofits and philanthropies. Her dissertation focused on the transnational exchange and spread of advocacy strategies in an internatioanl women's rights network (WLP) with a particular focus on the 2004 Moroccan reform of the Moudawana (Personal Status Code) and the strategies developed by the liberal Moroccan women’s movement.
Alexandra has a great love for all forms of data, quantitative and qualitative, and for using diverse research methodologies, with a specific emphasis on participatory or collaborative tools that ground learning in insights from communities of interest.