Tanvi Nagpal

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Global Food and Water Security Program

Tanvi Nagpal’s practice and research focus on sustainable and equitable water, sanitation, and solid waste services, as well as on generating financial support for pro-poor urban policies and programs.  Tanvi currently serves as a senior technical research advisor to Tetra Tech for the USAID-funded URBAN WASH program and as a senior WASH portfolio consultant to Athena Infonomics, guiding its citywide inclusive sanitation programming, including building capacity for sanitation planning, financing, and monitoring in four sub-Saharan countries. She is a senior program and governance advisor to Moonshot Missions, supporting their work to strengthen water utilities in disadvantaged U.S. communities. From 2010 to 2021, Tanvi was a practitioner-in-residence at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), where she also served as director of the international development program, teaching seminars on service delivery and inclusive urbanization and leading the year-long capstone practicum. Previously, Tanvi was director of initiatives at Global Water Challenge, leading grantmaking and partnerships for WASH in Schools in 11 countries. Tanvi spent a decade engaged in urban environmental policymaking and practice in the East Asia Environment Unit, World Bank. She has written widely on water, sanitation, and other public services for both academic and nonacademic publications. Tanvi currently serves on the boards of SOIL Haiti and NextGen STEM Fellowships. She has a PhD in political science from Brown University and a BA in economics from St. Stephen’s College, New Delhi.

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