Kari Evans is a Program Associate at Lapis’ Levant office in Amman, Jordan. She has specialized experience in communication projects which support women’s empowerment and citizen participation throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Her most recent clients have included UN Women, GFO, and a number of non-governmental entities.
Prior to joining Lapis, Kari spent over two years with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) working on the Egypt and West Bank/Gaza profiles where she designed and implemented a women and youth in local councils program, as well as programming to support the leadership skills of persons with disabilities. She was also instrumental in the redesign and creation of new material for NDI’s Arabic e-learning website, taalamsharek.org, which services over half a million visitors annually.
Kari holds a master’s degree in Middle East Studies from the George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs. She received the Columbian Women's Scholarship in 2013 and 2014 and was awarded a Critical Language Scholarship for advanced Arabic studies in Rabat, Morocco during the summer of 2013. Her undergraduate studies were completed at the University of Virginia in 2011 where she received a bachelor’s degree with distinction in Foreign Affairs and a minor in Middle East Studies. She is professionally proficient in Arabic.