Deb Landau is the gender program officer at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), where she provides technical expertise to IFES' work on promoting gender equality and inclusive democratic processes. She has authored gender analyses in The Gambia and in Sudan, as well as developed training materials for IFES’ Nigeria and Pacific Islands programs. In addition to her role at IFES, she also serves on the executive committee for the U.S. Civil Society Working Group on Women, Peace and Security (U.S. CSWG), a non-partisan coalition of over 50 civil society organizations that raises awareness on issues around on gender, conflict and peace and provides technical support to U.S. government agencies to integrate women, peace and security in foreign policy and national security.
Before joining IFES, Landau served as a program officer in the Africa division at the International Republican Institute (IRI) where she led the startup of the Ethiopia and Sudan programs, which focused on supporting civil society and civic education in the democratic transitions. She has earlier experience working on gender, peace and security at Women in International Security (WIIS) and later as the program coordinator for the U.S. CSWG housed at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP). She previously served as a staff assistant for Senator Robert P. Casey, Jr. (PA) and proudly hails from the Philadelphia area. Landau holds a master's degree in International Affairs from American University and a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Allegheny College.