Liz Lewis

Senior Policy Analyst, Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Liz Lewis serves as a Senior Policy Analyst covering Sub-Saharan Africa for Ranking Member Jim Risch (R-ID) on the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Prior to joining the Committee in 2019, she managed democracy and governance programs in Africa for the International Republican Institute (IRI) for nearly a decade. From 2015-2019, she served as IRI’s Regional Deputy Director for Africa, overseeing 16 field offices and the implementation of political party, legislative strengthening, local governance, elections, civic and voter education, conflict mitigation, religious tolerance, and civil society strengthening programs across the African continent. She has observed elections in Ghana (2016), Nigeria (2015, 2019), Tunisia (2014) and Zimbabwe (2018). From 2012 to 2015, Lewis served as a monitoring and evaluation specialist with IRI’s Office of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning, where she supported program design and conducted internal evaluations of IRI programs around the world, including in Colombia, Indonesia, Kenya, Peru, South Sudan and Ukraine. She has a BA in Political Science and Economics from St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and an MSc in Political Economy of Late Development from the London School of Economics and Political Science.