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Rachel Locke is the Director of Impact:Peace at the Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice at the University of San Diego where she leads an initiative to strategically link evidence and knowledge to high impact change processes that build peace and reduce violence. Rachel has extensive experience delivering evidence-based violence prevention solutions to some of the most difficult international contexts while simultaneously advancing policy for peace. Prior to joining IPJ, Rachel was Head of Research for violence prevention with the Pathfinders for Peaceful, Just and Inclusive Societies at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation. In this capacity, Rachel led coalition building and evidence curation with the UN, bilateral governments, the African Union, civil society and others to explore the challenge of delivering the 2030 Agenda targets for peaceful societies (SDG 16.1).
Earlier in her career, Rachel served as Senior Policy Advisor with the US Agency for International Development where she developed and represented agency-wide policy on issues concerning conflict, violence and fragility. She also led USAID research and policy on crime, conflict, and fragility and worked extensively on program design, implementation and evaluation primarily in Africa. After leaving USAID, Rachel launched a new area of work for the National Network for Safe Communities at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, bridging effective violence reduction approaches from the U.S. to municipalities globally. This work involved direct collaboration with law enforcement, national and city-level government and civil society actors. Among other initiatives, Rachel launched a three-year effort across two states and five municipalities in Mexico at a time of exceptionally high violence.
Rachel’s experience bridges the humanitarian, development, peacebuilding and urban violence realms. She holds a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University, Graduate School of International and Public Affairs. She has also published a variety of articles and other works focusing on violence prevention, humanitarian aid, conflict and transnational organized crime.
- Organized Crime, Conflict, and Fragility: A New Approach, International Peace Institute, 2012
- Busan and Beyond: Implementing the ”New Deal” for Fragile States, with Vanessa Wyeth, International Peace Institute, 2012
- Kony2012 – Whose Social Networking?, International Peace Institute, 2012.
- Busan and Beyond: Where Do We Go From Here? (Series of 4 articles) International Peace Institute, 2011.
- Cotton Value Chain Case Study for Northern Uganda, International Rescue Committee, 2008.
- Community-driven economic development in Northern Uganda, Humanitarian Practice Network, 2007.
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