Cristina Manfre, Cultural Practice LLC

Cristina Manfre is a gender and development specialist with ten years of experience improving development organizations’ attention to gender issues in economic growth, agriculture and trade programming. She is a Senior Associate with Cultural Practice, LLC where she provides support on gender integration to a range of institutions including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), and USAID for the Feed the Future Initiative. Her most recent work includes research on gender dimensions of ICT in agricultural development, a review of best practices in delivering gender equitable extension and advisory services, and gender-informed research on behavior change in agricultural value chains. She is co-author of USAID's "Promoting Gender Equitable Opportunities in Agricultural Value Chains: A Handbook." She has conducted gender-related training and research in the areas of agriculture and natural resource management, value chain development, and micro and small enterprise development. She also conducted research on labor issues in the maquila sector, focusing on the role of women's organizations in defending rights to labor. Ms. Manfre has a M.Sc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a bachelor's degree from Goucher College in French and Spanish.