Hillary Thomas-Lake is the Managing Director and co-founder of LTL
Strategies. She is an international affairs specialist with 20 years
of experience in international development, democracy and governance,
conflict management, and policy analysis and reform. Over the course of her
career, Thomas-Lake has worked in both the public and private sectors.
During the early 90’s, Thomas-Lake worked at
the State Department’s Bureau
of African Affairs as an Assistant Coordinator
for Democracy, Human Rights, and Special Projects. Thomas-Lake has a
solid knowledge of organizational development and practical experience in
building strategic partnerships and capacity for governmental institutions
and non-governmental organizations. During her time at the Africa-America
Institute (AAI), where she was the Senior Program Coordinator for the
Africa Regional Electoral Assistance Fund (AREAF), she designed,
implemented and managed civic education training of trainers’ seminars for key African
public and private institutions participating in the democratization process.
She has a strong background in policy development and analysis in the
A seasoned strategist,
Thomas-Lake worked as the Director for Strategic Planning at the WorldSpace
Foundation, and has consulted as a Senior Policy Advisor in business
development and fund raising strategies with companies such as Holland
& Knight, LLP and Wisdom Works, Inc. Thomas-Lake’s strategy background also includes solid
experience in monitoring and evaluation.
Thomas-Lake holds a
BSFS from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, a Master’s in International Public
Policy (MIPP) from the School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) at
Johns Hopkins University, and is a PhD candidate in International Relations
focusing on Conflict Management at SAIS.
eight languages with a native fluency in 6 of them, and serves on the
Advisory Boards of the Georgetown University African Studies Program, and
the George Washington University’s Africa Center for Health and Security. She
has lectured at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port
Elizabeth, South Africa, at the George Washington University, and at the
Johns Hopkins University in Washington, DC.
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