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Lara Abiona is a program coordinator with the gender and development program at the Center for Global Development. Outside of CGD, she serves as the Director of Partnerships and Advancement at Baobab Consulting, where she has led the company's largest gender-focused PR campaigns. Prior, Lara worked as an independent communications consultant in the Washington, D.C. area, where she provided social media and video editing services to Africa-focused businesses and organizations. Lara recently completed her MSc in Development Studies with a Specialism in Applied Development Economics at the London School of Economics. She also holds a BA in Sociology and International Studies (French minor) from Trinity College in Hartford, CT.