Kirsten Zeiter

Kirsten Zeiter

Adjunct Instructor

Dr. Zeiter (she/her) has 10 years of experience designing, managing, and conducting monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) activities for international and domestic programs focused on gender equality and women’s empowerment, democracy and governance, youth development, and civic engagement. She currently works as a contractor with the U.S. Department of State, where she manages evaluations and provides technical assistance and capacity building for a wide range of public diplomacy programs. While working as an evaluation specialist with EnCompass LLC, Kirsten provided technical assistance to clients on MEL and gender analysis, and conducted evaluations focused on transitional justice, civic engagement, and evaluation quality. At the National Democratic Institute (NDI), Kirsten was the primary technical lead on gender-sensitive monitoring and evaluation across the Institute and developed data-driven strategies for programming on women's political empowerment and gender-equitable governance. She also spent two years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Morocco, where she worked with grassroots women’s empowerment organizations and managed a region-wide initiative for girls’ sports. Kirsten is passionate about applying an intersectional feminist evaluator lens to her work, and currently serves as Chair for the Feminist Issues in Evaluation Topical Interest Group (TIG) with the American Evaluation Association (AEA). She holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, with an emphasis in gender analysis and monitoring and evaluation, and a B.S. in Political Science and Women and Gender Studies from Grand Valley State University. Her work has led her to a variety of locations, including Afghanistan, Colombia, Djibouti, Kyrgyzstan, Lao, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, and Timor-Leste. Kirsten speaks English, Moroccan Arabic, and German.