Marla is the Research Manager of RISE and a Research Fellow on the Building State Capability program at the Center for International Development at Harvard University. She leads an array of research activities focused on synthesizing the findings of RISE country team work.
Prior to joining RISE, she worked on social protection, rural development, and micro-credit programs with government agencies and the World Bank in a range of contexts including India, Mexico, and Zambia. She has also contributed to work on migration and development with researchers at the Center for Global Development. She holds a Masters in Public Administration in International Development (MPA/ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School and a BA in Economics from Tufts University.