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Marcia Greenberg named CIPA Executive in Residence

Marcia Greenberg

By Lisa Jervey Lennox
Assistant Director for External Relations

Marcia Greenberg, gender specialist and former adjunct professor at the Cornell Law School, has joined CIPA as an Executive in Residence (EIR) for spring semester of 2017.  A private consultant, Greenberg has spent the past twenty years working on gender integration and gender mainstreaming. Her professional experience includes programmatic gender assessments (primarily in Eastern Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa), evaluation of gender policies, and the design and delivery of customized gender workshops. Former clients include USAID, UNDP, and the World Food Programme.  

As an EIR, Greenberg will make two visits to campus this semester and will be available via email or Skype to provide students with advice or other inputs.  Her first visit will be Feb. 9, when she will offer a colloquium presentation entitled, "Gender Analysis & Mainstreaming: Tools to Strengthen Public Administration & Public Policy Making." Here, Greenberg will introduce an analytical framework that students can use in their research and future careers for gender analysis, power typologies, and levels of participation.

Greenberg will return to CIPA on April 20 for a joint colloquium with the Sloan Program in Health Administration.  Co-presenting with Rebecca Fishman, a Sloan graduate and also a consultant in international development, Greenberg will examine independent consulting as a career option with some insight into projects that focus on gender inclusion as they relate to public health.

Greenberg has a long history with CIPA, which began in 1997 when then-student Maureen McKee reached out to her for career advice.  One thing led to another and McKee ended up inviting Greenberg to present a CIPA colloquium the following February.

During her tenure as an adjunct professor at the Law School, Greenberg had many CIPA fellows enrolled in her courses:  Law and Social Change: International Perspectives, and in the seminar, International Women's Rights. "The CIPA students were terrific—so focused on the readings, the issues, and the real world challenges that go beyond academic concepts," she says.

Greenberg's experience with CIPA was a contributing factor in her new appointment.  "Marcia's expertise in human rights, her commitment to promoting gender equality, and her continuing role in mentoring CIPA alumni, were all key factors in deciding to invite her to be an Executive in Residence," says CIPA Director Sharon Tennyson. 

"I am delighted to have further opportunities to connect with current CIPA Fellows — and to think and work together on better understanding the challenges of social change and social justice in communities and nations around the world," says Greenberg.  "I am hopeful that as CIPA fellows learn about the tools of gender analysis and gender mainstreaming, they will use their backgrounds, skills and creativity to enhance achievement of their objectives, both personal and professional. Having proudly followed the careers of quite a number of CIPA fellows, and knowing their impact on the institutions and communities and businesses with which they work, I can think of no better investment of my time in the coming months than to collaborate with current fellows who will be change agents around the world," says Greenberg.