Rachel Ilana Block
Research Assistant, World Development Report 2010
Rachel is a research assistant with the WDR team, and despite her youthfulness, is not as tech-savvy as she ought to be, though she, along with the planet, is now getting warmed up. Born just a few blocks from HQ and DC-raised, working at the Bank was probably inevitable. Her roundabout path back to DC has included an economics bachelors from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, a couple years at the Center for Global Development, an economics masters from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, and the occasional hike in the foothills of Jebel Toubqal or the coffee fincas of Guatemala. Her work on climate change began with economic estimates of the impact on agricultural output, continued with adaptation in Europe and Central Asia, and isn’t likely to end any time soon.