Dara Lipton

Dara Lipton

Project Director
Africa, Europe & Eurasia, Asia, Americas, Middle East & North Africa, Civil Society, Media, Governance, Leadership, Technology, Gender Equality & Inclusion, Youth

Dara Lipton has over 15 years of progressive senior management experience overseeing and providing technical support to complex projects that support good governance, civil society strengthening, safer migration, and civic engagement for a variety of donors. She currently manages a portfolio of programs in Moldova, Liberia, Myanmar/Nepal, Lesotho, Guatemala, and Mexico and serves as a technical lead for IREX on Institutional Strengthening.

Since 2011, Dara has supported civil society, governance, media, and leadership development programs at IREX across Central Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and sub-Saharan Africa, engaging with diverse funders including USAID, the US Department of State, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and numerous private Foundations. Dara has extensive experience supporting large and complex field-based programs, has served as Interim Chief of Party for a $20 million USAID-funded governance program in Moldova, and spent three years at IREX’s field office in Monrovia supporting the management of a portfolio of civil society and media strengthening programs.


Prior to joining IREX, Dara received her MA in international relations at Yale University with a concentration in development and a regional focus in sub-Saharan Africa. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Suriname and Uzbekistan, where she focused on capacity building with community organizations, improving public health resources, and overall infrastructural development. Following her volunteer service, Dara worked for Peace Corps Suriname as a technical trainer for health.