Patricia T. Morris, Ph.D. is President of Women Thrive Worldwide and an internationally known leader in women’s empowerment and development. Dr.Morris is a gender-mainstreaming expert with a career spanning more than 20 years whose work has taken her to Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America.
Dr. Morris previously managed a global portfolio of social and economic development projects with a view to promoting equality, accountability, and sustainability at Development and Training Services. She also served as Executive Director of Peace X Peace, a global network of peacebuilders in 120 countries. Earlier, at Women for Women International, Dr. Morris managed nine country offices in conflict-affected countries with a budget of over $12 million and responsibility for more than 450 overseas staff.
She was Deputy Director of the Commission on the Advancement of Women at InterAction, an alliance of over 180 international relief and development organizations, where she led technical assistance for member organizations on mainstreaming gender equality in programs and organizational structures. She also founded Creative Associate’s Center for Women’s Leadership in International Development, and was President of the Board of Directors of the Afghan Women’s Writing Project. Dr. Morris has worked closely with the U.S. government to advance initiatives empowering women and girls—including as a team leader for the USAID-funded GBV Strategy Research Agenda Project and Project Director for the State Department’s assessment of programs with marginalized populations. She has also led dozens of organizations and corporations to institutionalize equitable gender policies.
Dr. Morris is currently an adjunct professor at American University’s School of International Service. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for International Development’s Washington Chapter and on the Executive Committee of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network .
She holds a doctorate degree from Florida State University, and Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees from Bowling Green State University and Jacksonville University, respectively. She is a native of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.