Liza Prendergast serves as the Vice President of Strategy & Technical Leadership at Democracy International. She leads the development and deployment of DI’s technical solutions for democracy and development assistance. In previous roles at DI, she directed business development and program design across DI’s practice areas of 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 in Civil Society and Governance at World Learning, where she supported political transitions in Egypt and Burma and led social accountability and youth empowerment work across the Middle East and North Africa. 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. She also managed the Campaign to Promote Civic Education, a national effort to improve civic education in the United States, and Civitas International programs in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East and North Africa.
Ms. Prendergast serves on the Board of Directors for the Center for Civic Education and the Election Reformers Network, non-profit organizations committed to the principles and practices of representative democracy in the United States. She also 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 an M.A. in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University, where she graduated with distinction, and a B.A. in History from George Washington University.