Paloma is an Associate Advisor at BIT North America, where she researches and develops behavioural science-informed politics and programs for government partners and conducts literature reviews. She designs, implements, and analyzes rigorous evaluations to determine the impact of policies in countries including Chile, Georgia, and El Salvador on topics ranging from gender-based violence to social protection. In her previous work, Paloma worked on behaviorally-informed projects with the Yale Poverty Action Lab to improve the allocation of cash transfers using social networks, and reduce gender-based violence perpetration through messaging in Liberia. While at graduate school, she undertook behavioral science research on post-conflict social cohesion among returning forcibly-displaced people in Colombia, Liberia and Nigeria, and supported a meta analysis on sexual assault interventions.
Prior to BIT, Paloma worked in the International Finance Corporation of the World Bank in Peru on rural community development in conflict-prone mining areas. Before that, she worked in the Social Protection Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations headquarters on policy support regarding decent rural employment and rural youth, with a focus on Central America.
Paloma holds a Master’s in Public Affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School, Princeton University, and a BA in Political Science and Government from the Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru.