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Nadra Franklin, PhD, MPH

Director, Global Education, Employment and Engagement

Nadra Franklin leads FHI 360’s work in global learning and social and economic development. She oversees research and technical work and cultivates new business for projects and programs that operate globally.

Franklin has more than 30 years of international development experience. She has worked at FHI 360 since 1999, most recently as Director of Social and Economic Development, during which she led the organization’s work in civil society, climate and environment, gender, peacebuilding, technology, workforce, livelihoods and youth. Her prior positions within FHI 360 focused on the management of large projects and emphasized impact assessment and monitoring and evaluation. Franklin began her career with Africare and later served as an assistant research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Population Studies Center.

Franklin’s work has been published in several academic publications. From 2013 to 2017, Franklin served as an adjunct professor with the George Washington University Elliott School of International Affairs, where she taught a graduate course in civil society and development.

Franklin holds a PhD in demography and sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree in political science, with a concentration in Africa and the Middle East, from Williams College.