Charity Espiritu is an international development specialist with ten years of experience in program development, proposal management, and policy analysis. She was a senior member of the business development team at The Asia Foundation where she managed a large portfolio of projects and proposals related to governance and economic development in Asia. She has won strategic, multimillion-dollar projects from USAID, DRL, DFID, and Australian DFAT in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, China, India, and Myanmar. She has a background in politics and public policy, serving as a fiscal and policy analyst at the California Legislative Analyst’s Office in Sacramento and as a senior performance analyst focused on program monitoring and impact evaluation at the Controller’s Office in the City and County of San Francisco. She was also a US Fulbright fellow to the Philippines and an East-West Center leadership fellow in Hawaii. As adjunct faculty, she has been teaching graduate students at the University of San Francisco on development management and macro-economics. Born to immigrant parents and raised proudly in the Excelsior neighborhood of San Francisco, she is committed to advancing the leadership and empowerment of women and girls from under-resourced communities. She serves on the board of Oasis for Girls, a girls’ empowerment nonprofit organization. She has a Master in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of California at Berkeley.