Lesley Richards, Deputy Chief of Party, Haiti
Lesley Richards serves as the International Foundation for Electoral Systems’ (IFES) deputy chief of party in Haiti. She brings more than 15 years of experience in managing, developing and strengthening electoral processes through her experience working as program manager at IFES and other positions at the National Democratic Institute (NDI), the World Bank, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Organization of American States.
Richards has extensive experiencing managing USAID-funded projects, developing monitoring and evaluation results frameworks, writing quarterly reports on election processes, and strengthening civil society. As IFES program manager in Haiti beginning in 2015, she collaborated with the Provisional Electoral Council’s (CEP) executive director on various electoral activities, aided the CEP’s Department of Communication on voter outreach techniques, and worked closely with the CEP secretary general’s office to develop comprehensive strategies on the promotion of gender mainstreaming in the electoral process. Prior to this position, Richards worked as IFES program officer for Latin America from 2002-2007 and as a point of contact for the Association of Caribbean Electoral Organizations.
Richards has served as a Haitian political economic consultant for the World Bank, as a project manager for USAID and as a long-term technical observer for NDI in Morocco, Algeria and Jordan. Richards holds a master’s degree in international administration from University of Miami and is fluent in English, French and Haitian Creole.