Gina Chirillo, Senior Global Gender Specialist
Gina Chirillo is the senior global gender specialist at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), where she provides technical assistance to IFES' work empowering women in politics and promoting inclusive elections and democratic processes. She has authored gender analyses in Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Honduras, Iraq and Ukraine and serves as the program manager for IFES’ Women, Peace and Security Indicators project. Chirillo joined IFES as a research officer in the Center for Applied Research and Learning, focusing on projects on electoral leadership, cybersecurity in elections and electoral integrity.
Previously, Chirillo served as the coordinator in the office of the president at the Institute for Women's Policy Research and as the managing editor of the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy. She also worked as a gender and women's political participation specialist at the National Democratic Institute. Chirillo holds a master's degree in public policy with a concentration in women's, gender and sexuality studies from the George Washington University, where she received a full-tuition fellowship and an award for feminist leadership, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and French from Emory University.