Hien Tran

Hien Tran

Deputy Director, Strategy, Planning & Management for Pathways

Hien Tran oversees strategy and operations for three teams in the foundation’s U.S. Program Division: Data, Early Learning, and Pathways. Previously, she served in the Foundation Strategy Office, where she advised the chief strategy officer on strategic foresight for foundation programs and policy and strategy issues beyond the perspectives of individual program teams. Before that, Hien led agricultural development advocacy and communications work for the Global Policy & Advocacy Division.

Before joining the foundation, Hien was the global advocacy director at Landesa, where she was instrumental in getting women’s land rights issues onto the organization’s post-2015 agenda. Earlier, she worked as an attorney at the law firm WilmerHale, where she focused on appellate cases, raising novel issues of constitutional law and statutory interpretation. She clerked for Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Before starting her legal career, Hien worked with the USAID Office of Strategic and Economic Analysis.

Hien has a J.D. from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, an MPA in economics and public policy from Princeton University, and a B.A. from Yale University, magna cum laude.

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