Lauren Woods is the Director of the Security Assistance Monitor at the Center for International Policy, where she tracks and analyzes U.S. foreign security assistance. Previously, she was a Vice President at Equanimity Foundation, where she managed strategy and fundraising efforts, and Deputy Director of Programs at Strategic Capacity Group, where she oversaw U.S. Department of State-funded security sector reform programs across North and West Africa. There, she conducted assessments and worked with security forces and officials in the Central African Republic, Mali, Tunisia, and elsewhere. Ms. Woods has also worked in the U.S. Senate and for the U.S. Department of State. She received her M.A. in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) and her B.A. in Government from the University of Texas. She has published in outlets including The Washington Post, The Hill, U.S. News & World Report, and elsewhere.