Laurie Manderino ’15 is now Associate Director and Head of the New York Office for the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. SDSN works under the auspices of the United Nations Secretary-General, mobilizing global scientific and technological expertise to promote practical solutions for achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Climate Agreement. The organization has offices in New York, Paris, and New Delhi, and is guided by a Leadership Council of eminent global experts on sustainable development from academia, business, civil society, and the public sector.
Laurie will support SDSN’s global activities, including: solutions initiatives that bring together specialists to address difficult SDG-related challenges, such as decarbonization and integrated land-use planning; SDG Index reports that rate countries and cities on SDG performance; and, 20-plus national and regional networks, hosted by leading universities, that are charting local pathways to SDG achievement.
This position draws on Laurie’s prior work experience in international development, which includes managing a USAID-funded environmental policy project for Eastern Europe, serving as associate country director for the Peace Corps in Benin, and establishing a health system strengthening project in Rwanda. It is also closely related to her Ph.D. research that studied how governance and institutional arrangements impact water and sanitation service provision in low- and middle-income countries.