Kristen Sample has more than 20 years experience in the areas of democratic governance, gender and development programming. She has previously served as Director of Global Programmes for the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (International IDEA), responsible for overseeing the Institute’s comparative research in the areas of elections, parties and parliaments, constitutions, conflict and security, diversity, gender and democracy “delivery” for development. As International IDEA’s Head of Mission for the Andean Region, during 2009-2012, she oversaw programming activities in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. In deeply polarized contexts, the Andean team supported political reform and democratic dialogue efforts aimed at inclusion, anti-corruption, party strengthening and poverty reduction. She also coordinated International IDEA’s gender activities throughout Latin America, including election observation with the Organization of American States, media monitoring with UNWomen, and political party benchmarking with the Inter American Development Bank and UNDP.
Kristen has worked as a consultant with UN Democracy Fund, UN Women, Inter-American Development Bank, Open Society Foundations, Club de Madrid, Resonance Global and others. She has published extensively on issues related to transparency and accountability, political parties, citizen security, elections, and gender.