Lauren Shields leads BSR’s HERproject programs in East Africa, working with companies and civil society to build inclusive workplaces in global supply chains. She also oversees HERproject’s strategy for monitoring and evaluation and program sustainability and contributes to BSR’s women’s empowerment practice. Previously, Shields worked at the Social Science Research Council in New York. Her consulting experience includes giving advice on best practices for monitoring and evaluation for the Center for Socio-Economic Development and developing recommendations on the post-2015 Millennium Development Goals agenda for UNDP. With a focus on sustainability in emerging markets, Shields has led research projects on value chain development and women’s empowerment in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Vietnam.