Jena Santoro is associate director of the Project on Prosperity and Development (PPD) and the Project on U.S. Leadership in Development (USLD) at CSIS, where she contributes to strategic planning for the future of the two global development programs. She is also responsible for executing the programs’ annual Global Development Forum (GDF), a full-day conference focusing on examining the role and purpose of official development assistance against continued complex global challenges. Santoro comes to CSIS by way of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), where she coordinated state outreach efforts to connect members of Congress with their constituents to discuss the economic impact that U.S. foreign assistance has on their state or district. Prior to this, she worked as a research analyst at Bendixen and Amandi International, a political consulting firm in Miami, Florida, where she collected and analyzed data on voting trends in Latin America for political clients. Santoro holds a B.A. in international relations and global political affairs from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.