Morgan Simpson is the Deputy Director of Programs for Democracy International. In this role, she supports the implementation of DI’s overseas programs, providing managerial and technical guidance and oversight. A specialist in democracy, human rights, and governance programs worldwide, Ms. Simpson previously served as Civic Engagement Program Manager in South Sudan for DI’s Systems to Uphold the Credibility and Constitutionality of Elections in South Sudan (SUCCESS) program. There, she oversaw the programs department, leading the design, implementation, M&E, and reporting for this project, which provides CSO capacity building, fosters civic education and participation, and supports CSO advocacy and peacebuilding efforts. She has also previously supported a variety of DI projects, including conflict assessments in Guatemala and Zimbabwe and DI election observation missions in Egypt and Afghanistan. Before rejoining DI, Ms. Simpson coordinated the training department in Querétaro state for Crea Comunidades de Emprendedoras Sociales, a civil society organization advancing women’s empowerment in Mexico. She also worked in multiple M&E-focused positions for Management Systems International on USAID/Mexico justice and security projects and has worked for a variety of other social justice organizations in the U.S., the Dominican Republic, and Mexico.
Ms. Simpson holds an M.A. in Development Management and Policy from Georgetown University and la Universidad Nacional de San Martin in Buenos Aires, a B.A. in Comparative Literature with a concentration in Africana Studies from Williams College, and a Certificate in English-Spanish Translation Studies from the University of Chicago. She is fluent in Spanish.