Dara Lipton provides senior-level management and technical support to IREX’s global youth and leadership development programs, including the Partnerships with Youth program in the West Bank, the Macedonian Media Leadership Program, and the Mandela Washington Fellowship program across sub-Saharan Africa. Additionally, Dara provides research and strategic inputs to IREX's Leadership Practice.
Previously, Dara spent three years at IREX’s field office in Monrovia, Liberia, where she served as program manager for the USAID-funded Civil Society and Media Leadership Program and oversaw the community radio outreach component of the USAID/OFDA-funded Ebola Community Action Platform Program. Since 2011, Dara has supported civil society, media, and leadership development programs 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 the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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.