Stela Leuca is a leading policy and development expert in democracy, rule of law, and governance. She has extensive technical experience in organizational strengthening, policy development, electoral administration, political development, citizen participation and outreach, civic education in governance processes, disability rights, and empowerment of women. She is an active member of the Moldovan diaspora in the United States, engaging with U.S. and Moldovan organizations to promote Moldova’s democratic and economic development. Additionally, she is well connected with Moldovan and U.S. government stakeholders, U.S.-based organizations, and national and local entities in Moldova. She has advised the foreign minister of Moldova, his chief of staff and the Embassy of the Republic of Moldova in the United States. Her professional and academic interests include policy analysis, design of development programs and their implementation, leadership development in the public and non-profit sectors, policy reforms processes, open government and e-governance, media literacy, and anti-corruption. She currently works with non-profit organizations in Moldova and the World Bank in Washington DC. A former Fulbright Scholar, Stela holds an executive masters in public administration degree from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University, an MA in political analysis from State University of Moldova, and a BA in economics from the Free International University of Moldova.