Liz Leahy Madsen CROP

Associate Vice President

Expertise: Adaptive Learning and Knowledge Management; Data Visualization and Dissemination; Distilling Research for Non-Technical Audiences; Family Planning, Maternal, and Reproductive Health; Management of Complex Technical Programs; Policy and Advocacy Communications Training; Policy Analysis; Technical Assistance and Training

Elizabeth (Liz) Leahy Madsen has 20 years’ experience designing and implementing research and advocacy programs that inform policy change, primarily related to sexual and reproductive health. She currently directs PRB’s largest project, MOMENTUM Knowledge Accelerator and previously led several multiyear partnerships and awards, including PACE: Policy, Advocacy, and Cmmunication Enhanced for Population and Reproductive Health and Empowering Evidence-Driven Advocacy. Leahy Madsen has developed and applied several major technical resources and tools, with a focus on political demography, meaningful youth engagement in health policy and programs, and the intersections between population and multisectoral development. Her collaborations with more than 40 local partner organizations include co-implementing qualitative policy assessments and advocacy campaigns with youth researchers in five countries, training government counterparts in scenario modeling and communication, and supporting organizational capacity development across several domains. Leahy Madsen holds a master’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Knox College.