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.