Deanna Ford is currently a Senior Adviser at Yale University, where she supports the organizational development and strategy of economic research centers focused on policy impact. She previously served as the Executive Director of Evidence for Policy Design at Harvard Kennedy School, a research program that works alongside policymakers to bring the insights of data and economics to public policy in developing countries. Deanna has spent the majority of her career working at the intersection of research and policy practice, with organizations such as the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund, the Asian Development Bank, and the Center for Research on Children in the U.S.
Deanna first went down to Nicaragua with Agora Partnerships in 2006, working to evaluate the viability of small-scale business venture opportunities and advise Nicaraguan entrepreneurs in business plan development and marketing strategies. She then founded the Nica HOPE Project of Fabretto in 2008 and directed project activities for two years in Managua. She has continued to remain very involved with Fabretto, both on the ground in Nicaragua and in engagement with supporters in the U.S. Deanna completed her Master of Public Policy at Georgetown University and her bachelor’s in economics at Princeton University.
Deanna is married to Scott Overdyke and has two little girls, Acadia and Lucie.