Nigist Raru MPH, MA

Nigist is a Capital City Fellow working with The Lab @ DC. She brings a diverse set of experience working in project management, research, and communications. Most recently, Nigist worked with AARP’s Livable Communities team where she coordinated a national grant and an award winning annual publication that features ideas from local leaders to improve their communities.

Prior to moving to the District of Columbia, Nigist worked with International Development Organizations. She specialized in incorporating women’s rights into the planning and implementation of development projects. She oversaw research, training, and policy development for nationally implemented development programs. She was able to gain valuable experience working with women in underprivileged communities in Eastern Africa.

Locally, Nigist worked with a private company based in Washington, DC where she was coordinating a team of 20 clinicians delivering care for homebound patients.

She has a Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University. She also earned a Masters in Gender and Peace Building from the United Nations University for Peace. Nigist enjoys reading, running, and travelling. She has lived in four countries and speaks three languages.

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