Renée van Wisse Hendley is a Senior Research Scientist for the International Projects department at NORC. She has helped successfully expand NORC's portfolio of international survey administration, evaluation, and technical assistance overseas. Hendley's expertise includes managing projects and proposal development related to international finance, democracy and governance, poverty alleviation, access to credit, and think tanks.
Hendley has more than 20 years of experience with nonprofits managing the operations of domestic and international programs funded by foundations, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the World Bank, the United Nations Development Programme, donor countries, and other funders. She oversaw the management and operations of all of the Urban Institute's (UI) international projects from 1995-2005, and managed the operations of the Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center.
While working in UI's International Activity Center, Ms. Hendley served as the internal quality control operations manager of several worldwide sustainable urban management and local government assistance contracts funded by USAID. She coordinated with UI expatriate staff and the many subcontractors and grantors involved in those agreements to ensure active participation and input at all levels, and has trained chiefs of party and project directors as well as local staff.
Hendley has extensive experience opening and closing project offices, recruiting resident advisors, hiring local staff and developing and adapting labor agreements based on local law, reporting VAT payments to USAID, developing systems for property inventory and disposition of equipment, and providing administrative support to field offices. She has managed and supervised staff in project offices in Central America (El Salvador and Honduras), Eastern Europe (Armenia, Croatia, Georgia, Hungary, Moldova, and Romania), Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Pakistan), and Russia.