Kay Spencer is a program officer at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Kay joined USIP in April 2011 as a research assistant in the Academy for International Conflict Management and Peacebuilding. She came to the Rule of Law Center in December 2012. Before arriving at USIP, Kay worked for Virginia state government in the Office of the Secretary of Agriculture and Forestry as a governor’s fellow and as a stormwater specialist at the Department of Conservation and Recreation. In her current work she supports projects in Burma/Myanmar, Tanzania and Nepal. Her research interests include access to justice and post-conflict community transformation among many others. Kay has a bachelor’s degree in Global Affairs with a concentration in global governance and the environment and a master’s of science in Peace Operations from the School of Public Policy, both at George Mason University.