Liza Prendergast serves as Director, Business Development at Democracy International. In this role, she fosters creative thinking and innovative program design for democracy and development assistance. Working with DI’s program teams, she manages proposals and applications across DI’s technical areas, including elections and political transitions, governance, learning, and peace building and conflict transformation programs. 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.
Before working at DI, Ms. Prendergast served as a Technical Specialist and Certified Performance Technologist with a global portfolio in Civil Society and Governance at World Learning. She was responsible for developing and delivering civil society strengthening and civic engagement programming in Algeria, Burma, Egypt, and South Sudan. In Algeria, she conducted curriculum design for workforce development and civic engagement programming. In Burma, she worked with World Learning’s Yangon-based office to design the Institute for Political and Civic Engagement (IPACE) program. She also conducted training for World Bank staff members in Social Accountability mechanisms, including participatory budgeting, citizen report cards, and community score cards. Previously, Ms. Prendergast served as Assistant Director of the Center for Civic Education’s Washington, DC, office, where she supported congressional authorization and appropriations legislation for the Education for Democracy Act, which funded civic education programming in the United States and in more than 70 countries. In that role, she managed the Campaign to Promote Civic Education, a national effort to improve policy and practice in democracy education in the United States, and supported four Congressional Conferences on Civic Education, national gatherings of state legislators, education officials, secretaries of state, academics, and civil society representatives committed to improving the civic education in schools. Additionally, she managed Civitas International programs in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, and supported six World Congresses on Civic Education in Jordan, Poland, Morocco, Argentina, South Africa, and Indonesia. With Civitas, she worked with CSOs or Ministries of Education around the world with professional travel to Argentina, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Indonesia, Jordan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro, Morocco, Poland, Senegal, Serbia, and South Africa.
Ms. Prendergast speaks regularly on issues of democratization, development, and youth empowerment, and works with young people to explore careers in policy and development. 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.