Lauren Yamagata is joining IRC as the Agenda For Change Knowledge Manager and Program Support for US Partnerships.
She previously worked for Plan International USA as a Program Associate on the Water, Sanitation and Health Practice supporting the management and implementation of a portfolio of sanitation projects. At Plan, Lauren supported the Gates funded Testing CLTS Approaches for Scalability project's activities to promote documentation of learning and external dissemination and uptake. She co-led a series of national sharing workshops in Ghana, Kenya, and Ethiopia; supported the development of the project key messages; and implemented dissemination activities of key project learning. She also is passionate about menstrual hygiene management (MHM) issues and co-designed and led an organisational MHM strategy, which included internal staff trainings, co-chairing the DC MHM Coalition Steering Committee, and development of MHM focused briefing notes and communications materials. Prior to Plan, Lauren worked as a Research Assistant for the WASH Advocacy Initiative and has a Masters in International Development Studies from George Washington University with a focus on gender.