Marcela has seven years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating human development programs in more than 10 countries in Latin America, Asia, the Middle East and the Western Balkans. Her areas of work include teacher professional development, early childhood development strategies, poverty reduction and social protection systems, conditional and emergency cash transfer programs, and financial inclusion initiatives.
She works with the World Bank Group as a research analyst of the Education Global Practice where she assists the Senior Director in the definition and implementation of the unit’s strategy, the organization of high-level country dialogue and the improvement of the quality of education projects worldwide. Additionally, she is designing a teacher professional development program in Sierra Leone and is part of research projects in adult literacy, skills and learning at work, and teachers.
Before this, she was project coordinator of the STEP Skills Measurement Program of the World Bank Group: the first-ever initiative to measure cognitive and socio-emotional skills in more than 16 developing countries. She also worked as a Senior Advisor to the Ministry of Social Protection and Inclusion in the Republic of Peru. Previously, she was employed at the Inter-American Development Bank, where she assisted in the ideation, execution, assessment and continuous improvement of Government programs and strategies in Colombia and Panama.
Harvard Affiliation / Current Practice
Harvard Kennedy School
Master in Public Administration in International Development