Maura K. Leary is the Communications Lead for the World Bank Group's Poverty Global Practice, managing strategic communications and outreach on poverty reduction, equity, and inequality. She previously worked as a partnerships and communications specialist on the Gender and Development team, and produced the short documentary film “Mind the Gap: Gender Equality and Trade in Africa” in 2013. Prior to joining the Bank in March 2011, she worked at George Washington University and Tufts University managing academic programs in the United States and France for high school, university, graduate, and adult students. She holds a master’s degree in International Affairs from the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and a B.A. in French from Connecticut College.