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Sundaa Bridgett-Jones

Managing Director, Policy, Communications, Policy and Advocacy, The Rockefeller Foundation

Sundaa Bridgett-Jones leads the Foundation’s support of policy innovations to help solve pressing international development issues including state fragility, global governance, and achieving the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Prior to this portfolio, she developed a global resilience initiative to transform humanitarian and development aid delivery in Africa and Asia, and oversaw the development of a City Resilience Index, which has influenced the climate resilience work of over 100 cities and companies such as Google and AECOM.

Bridgett-Jones has over 20 years of experience designing and executing high-impact global initiatives. Between 2010 and 2012, she led the Office of Policy Planning and Public Diplomacy at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor in groundbreaking advocacy on Internet and religious freedoms. As a member of the White House National Security Staff interagency committee, she helped develop the Open Government Partnership, a featured public-private partnership spearheaded by the Obama administration and the Government of Brazil.

Previously, Bridgett-Jones managed c-suite affairs at the United Nations Department of Political Affairs and devised preventive diplomacy plans in South Asia. As an International Affairs Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, she analyzed, researched, and wrote about U.S. foreign policy and democracy promotion after a decade of leading governance initiatives at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In her time at USAID, Bridgett-Jones served in the Middle East, Southern Africa, and Central Asia — her final assignment was as an USAID representative to the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, where she set up the first Transitional National Assembly.

Bridgett-Jones holds a master’s degree in public and international affairs from the University of Pittsburgh and a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and African studies from Georgetown University.

Authored Content

  • Apr 07 2020
    Blog Post Climate Justice in the Time of COVID-19: 5 Lessons From Women and Girls Leading the Fight COVID-19 is a health, economic and social crisis, but it also holds out an opportunity for the world to move forward into a more equitable and green recovery.  Women climate leaders sounded notes of hope, solidarity, and urgency during a webinar convened by the Skoll World Forum in partnership with Connected Women Leaders and The […] Pat Mitchell, Sundaa Bridgett-Jones
  • Jan 16 2020
    Blog Post In the Year of Women’s Rights Anniversaries, Now is the Time to Make Foreign Policy Feminist Mexico became the latest country to launch a distinctly “feminist” foreign policy, an approach to foreign relations aimed at advancing gender equality, promoting peace and combatting the most egregious challenges of our day: climate change, gender-based violence, migration. This approach is new and bold —with only five countries that have announced feminist foreign policies—but we […]
  • Nov 07 2018
    Blog Post What Can the Paris Peace Forum Do To Promote Good Governance? One-hundred years ago marked the end of one of the longest and deadliest armed conflicts in history. The First World War killed tens-of-millions, set off a chain reaction of revolution and fragility, and created the conditions for the deadliest influenza pandemic in history. Next week marks the armistice of the Great War, with centenary commemorations […]
  • Sep 13 2018
    Blog Post The Urgency of Fragility This piece is part of our 2018 United Nations General Assembly series. “You cannot have inclusive development without stability, and you cannot have stability without development.” – Kofi Annan When world leaders descend on New York at the end of this month for the annual United Nations General Assembly, much of the talk will be about […]
  • Aug 02 2017
    Blog Post Valuing the Resilience Dividend: A New Way Forward This post originally appeared on Over the past decade, the notion of resilience has emerged as a prevailing paradigm for planning that considers how people and places can survive, adapt, and grow in the face of today’s pressures, where globalization, urbanization, and climate change have combined to increase our vulnerability to a range of […]
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