Partners and Staff
Deborah Caro provides executive and technical leadership for CP’s work on gender equality, social development, and health. She is an anthropologist with more than 25 years of experience in strategic planning, program design, evaluation, policy analysis, and research. She has developed innovative gender analysis, training, and assessment methodologies, including USAID’s Manual for Integrating Gender into Reproductive Health and HIV Programs. In 2010, she designed the USAID Interagency Gender Working Group’s Gender and Health online toolkit. She also led a team effort to develop a ground-breaking community-based approach to prevent and confront gender-based violence, called Advancing Peace. Caro’s leadership of several high profile maternal health programs evaluations has increased knowledge of high impact practices. Through expertise gained from research and development practice in Latin America, including 8 years of long-term residence in Bolivia and Peru, Caro has contributed to making international and national organizations improve their approaches for eliminating ethnic and gender inequalities.
She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Cornell University. She was awarded post-doctoral fellowships from the MacArthur Foundation and the Fulbright Program. In support of her graduate work, she received fellowships from the National Science Foundation, the Social Science Research Council, and The Organization of American States.
Deborah Rubin provides corporate and technical direction for CP’s premier focus on gender and social systems analysis. She has Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology with over 25 years of experience on strategic planning and evaluation, and agricultural policy research, economic growth, business development, and poverty reduction. She is primary author of “Promoting Gender Equitable Opportunities in Agricultural Value Chains: A Handbook.” She leads CP’s cutting-edge work on gender and agriculture, based on the handbook, which guides much of USAID’s current work on gender and food security. Rubin has worked extensively with both the land-grant and private university communities, evaluating USAID-funded agricultural research grants and leading a team of agricultural scientists to identify new priorities for the agency’s investments in agriculture and NRM, which resulted in a reframing USAID’s agricultural and NRM research programs. As a result of her earlier work, the universities contracted with CP to document and synthesize 30 years of achievement by the USAID funded Collaborative Research Support Programs.
She has a Ph.D. in Cultural Anthropology from Johns Hopkins University and a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from Brown University. She held an Agriculture and Rural Development Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation, an AAAS fellowship, a MacArthur Foundation research and writing award and a Fulbright fellowship.
Wesley Laytham is a Program Manager with Cultural Practice, LLC where he supports the implementation of programs funded by a range of government, foundation, and NGO clients. He provides research and analytical support to CP’s gender integration and monitoring and evaluation work for USAID, Lutheran World Relief (LWR), and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He currently works under the USAID Integrating Gender and Nutrition within Agricultural Extension Services (INGENAES) project coordinating CP’s activities in Zambia in conjunction with the University of California, Davis. Laytham is also a part of an innovative and participatory USAID/TOPS-funded evaluation of LWR’s Learning for Gender Integration Plus (LGI+) project. In 2016 he co-authored an external evaluation of a DFID-funded Vital Voices Global Partnership project. Before joining Cultural Practice, Laytham spent 10 months interning with LWR’s Program Quality and Technical Support unit where he produced guidance materials for project staff to select and design indicators; researched, tested, and created profiles for mobile data collection tools; and contributed to updating LWR’s framework for design, monitoring, evaluation, and learning. Laytham holds a B.A. in Political Science from Davidson College.