Liza Prendergast serves as the Senior Director of Strategy & Outreach at Democracy International. She fosters creative thinking, innovative program design, and communications for democracy and development assistance focused on elections and political transitions; governance and rule of law; monitoring, evaluation, and learning; and peace building and resilience. Since 2013, Ms. Prendergast has helped expand DI’s global presence in Africa, Asia, Europe and Eurasia, the Middle East, and Latin America and the Caribbean.
Previously, she served as a Technical Specialist and Certified Performance Technologist with a global portfolio in Civil Society and Governance at World Learning, where she implemented civic engagement programs to support Egypt’s political transition and designed one of the first U.S.G-funded democracy-support curriculums implemented in Burma in 2012. She later designed World Learning’s Institute for Political and Civic Engagement (IPACE) program funded by the U.S. Embassy. In Algeria, she designed and implemented a U.S State Department funded program to train university leaders in entrepreneurship and engagement. In Turkey, she trained CSOs across the Middle East in World Bank social accountability and participatory budgeting mechanisms. From 2005 to 2011, she served in increasingly senior positions at the Center for Civic Education, where she advocated in the U.S Congress for the Education for Democracy Act. As Assistant Director of the Washington, D.C. Office, she managed the Campaign to Promote Civic Education, a national effort to improve civic education in the United States. She also managed Civitas International programs in Africa, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East; supported Civitas World Congresses on Civic Education in Jordan, Poland, Morocco, Argentina, South Africa, and Indonesia; and worked with CSOs and government ministries in Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Jordan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Senegal, Serbia, and South Africa.
Ms. Prendergast serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Civic Education and served as the first Board Chair of the Georgetown Democracy and Governance program Alumni Association. She speaks and writes regularly on issues of democracy and foreign policy and authored “Confronting a Global Democracy Recession: The Role of the United States International Democracy Support Programs”, which was featured in Democracy’s Discontent and Civic Learning (2018). Ms. Prendergast holds a M.A. in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University, where she graduated with distinction, and a B.A. in History from George Washington University.