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 Chief of Party, Pacific RISE-CTIP 



Dr. Ellen Boccuzzi is chief of party for Pacific RISE-CTIP. She is an expert on migration, labor, governance, and gender issues in the Asia-Pacific region.

From 2022 to 2024, Boccuzzi served as policy lead for Search at Google LLC, where she developed policies to protect vulnerable users from hate speech, harassment, and dangerous content. From 2013 to 2022, Boccuzzi served as senior program advisor and acting director for Governance and Law at The Asia Foundation, leading the Foundation’s Urban Governance Initiative. Prior to this, she served as a foreign service officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she managed USAID’s media development portfolio in Afghanistan and contributed to USAID strategies on human trafficking and Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance.

Boccuzzi has served as a consultant to the International Labour Organization, UNESCO, and USAID; a researcher with the Asian Research Center for Migration; and a lead Bangkok researcher for a multicountry project on squatter resettlement. She has held academic appointments at the University of California, Berkeley, and Thammasat University in Thailand. Her publications include Accelerating Women’s Advancement in STEM: Emerging Lessons on Network Strategies and Approaches in Asia, The Future of Work for Women in the Pacific Islands, The Impact of Covid-19 on Migrants in Asia and the Pacific: Rethinking Resilience, Migrant and Child Labor in Thailand’s Shrimp and Other Seafood Supply Chains: Labor Conditions and the Decision to Study or Work, and Bangkok Bound (University of Washington Press).

Education: Doctoral degree in South and Southeast Asian Studies from the University of California, Berkeley; master’s degree from the University of California, Berkeley; bachelor’s degree from Princeton University.