Carol Lynn Martin

Carol L. Martin is an independent international development consultant with more than fifteen years of experience in strategic and policy planning, specializing in issues related to legitimacy, democratization, gender equality, and good governance. She has provided leadership and expertise in designing, managing, and evaluating a range of programs with African, European, and Latin American counterparts in government, non-profit organizations, and higher education.

Dr. Martin served as Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of State, where she advised senior State Department and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) leaders on the process and content of the inaugural Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (see From 2002-2009, Dr. Martin served as Executive Director of the African Studies Association, a learned society with 2,200 members and 35 affiliated groups from around the globe (see

Dr. Martin first traveled to Africa as a Fulbright Scholar in Senegal. She later served as resident representative for the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Namibia and Angola; as the Senior Democracy and Governance Advisor for USAID in Mozambique; and as the Democracy Advisor at USAID’s Regional Center for Southern Africa, in Botswana.  She also served as a program officer for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund for activities in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Dr. Martin received her B.A. from Yale College with a self-designed major in international development. She holds a PhD in political science from Yale University.

Key words/countries: democracy, gender equality, good governance/Senegal, southern Africa