Kristen Lewis


Measure of America

Kristen Lewis is Co-Director and co-Founder of Measure of America, an independent, nonpartisan project to produce the first-ever American Human Development Report.

She is the co-author of two volumes of The Measure of America (Columbia University Press, 2008 and NYU Press, 2010) as well as state- and county-level well-being reports for California, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Marin and Sonoma Counties.

Lewis worked in UNDP’s Policy Bureau, and then became senior policy advisor to the water and sanitation task force of the UN Millennium Project, led by Jeffery Sachs. She was co-author of the task force report, Health, Dignity and Development: What will it take? (Earthscan, 2005). She is an independent consultant and writer with fifteen years' experience in international development policy. She has worked primarily in the areas of gender, governance, environment, and water and sanitation.

She contributes regularly to media outlets, with articles published in The Nation, Huffington Post, and Stanford Social Innovation Review, among others, and their research has been cited by The New York Times, Forbes, The Atlantic, Washington Post, NPR, Slate, and the Freakonomics blog.

Focus: Development, Environment, Gender, Governance, United States, Americas


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Last Updated: Feb 02, 2015

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