Mary Hilderbrand, Program Director
Office: Rubenstein 311, Kennedy School of Government
Tel: (1) 617-496-4382
Mary E. Hilderbrand is a Fellow in International Development at the Kennedy School of Government. She has written on the politics of economic reform, institutional capacity, technical cooperation, reform of the state, and the role of politics and governance in development. Hilderbrand directs Kennedy School programs relating to capacity building as well as programs providing assistance to higher education institutions in developing countries, especially in support of public policy and management education. She leads the Kennedy School’s collaboration with the Escuela de Graduados en Administración Pública (EGAP) of the Instituto Tecnológico de Monterrey (ITESM), a leading Mexican university, and over the past several years she coordinated Kennedy School participation in the Latin American University Regulation and Infrastructure Network (LAURIN). She is co-chair of the executive program, Meeting the Challenge of Mexico’s Future: Strategies for Leadership and Performance. Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Hilderbrand was at the Harvard Institute for International Development. She has experience managing development projects and has done consulting on capacity development and public sector reform for the United Nations Development Programme and the Inter-American Development Bank, among other organizations. Her current research and consulting is focused on public sector reform efforts, including both civil service reform and transparency; infrastructure and poverty; and the politics of the water sector. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.