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Natalie is senior manager of the International Republican Institute’s (IRI) Office of Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning. In this capacity, Trisilla leads a team of technical exports that provides monitoring, evaluation, and learning support, guidance, and tools to IRI teams around the world.

Trisilla joined IRI in 2011 to assist with IRI’s capacity building and women’s empowerment programs in China and Timor-Leste. Trisilla expanded her portfolio to include civil society, political party and legislative assistance programming in Thailand, Malaysia and Myanmar as well as regionally-based thematic programs on women’s empowerment and land rights in the Mekong region including Cambodia, Laos and Vietnam. Later, she worked with IRI’s West Africa team to support the Institute’s expanded presence in the sub-region. She managed a variety of programs in West Africa including a parliamentary support program and a sub-national governance program in Mali, a political party strengthening and women’s and youth empowerment program in Niger and a public opinion survey project in Cote d’Ivoire. During her time at IRI, Trisilla has served as an international election observer for Timor-Leste’s 2012 presidential and parliamentary elections, Fiji’s 2014 national elections, and Timor-Leste’s 2017 parliamentary elections.

Prior to joining IRI, Trisilla worked for the United Nations Environment Program on post-conflict development and natural resource governance issues. Natalie earned a Masters in Diplomacy and International Affairs from the Whitehead School of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University and completed Bachelors of Arts degrees in Political Science and History. Natalie also lived in China for nearly a year and half, working and studying at Xiamen University. She has studied the Chinese (Mandarin), Spanish and French languages.


Institution / Affiliation : International Republican Institute

Geographical Region: Africa, Asia

Policy: Corruption, Development, Elections, Ethnic Politics, Gender, Governance