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Margaret Maes

Associate in Research


As interim Director of the Policy Bridge at Sanford, Margaret oversees efforts of the Policy Bridge team to help link academic research at Duke with the policy community. This includes working individually with faculty members interested in engaging on specific policy issues, arranging workshops for students and researchers on public policy, and organizing the Policy Caucus, an informal meeting of Duke faculty and staff interested in engaged scholarship. She and the Policy Bridge team continually seek to learn about the needs of policymakers and practitioners and how academics at Duke can be responsive to them.
Previously, Margaret worked internationally and in the U.S. on a range of policy-relevant issues in the government, corporate and NGO sectors. She was a career Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), serving in Peru, Mexico, and at the Washington, DC headquarters. She has also worked for both domestic and international NGOs on issues ranging from homelessness and early childhood education to election monitoring. Immediately prior to joining Sanford, she was a project manager at the Sam’s Club corporate headquarters in Bentonville, Arkansas.

Margaret is a graduate of Davidson College, earning a BA in Political Science and Spanish. She was a Rotary Peace Fellow and received an MA in International Relations from the Universidad del Salvador in Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2005. She is fluent in Spanish but still retains her gringo accent. Margaret is the proud mother of Camila and Santiago, and wife of Luis – a 2014 Sanford MPP grad.