Seema Thomas has been working on urban challenges for the past two decades as an urban and water specialist with a focus on community engagement. At the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability (GPSA), she worked on expanding the global portfolio of water/urban grants and knowledge products in the Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, and Latin America regions. Prior to working at the World Bank, she worked with the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to provide grants to universities focused on efforts to support disaster reduction risk management.  Before her decade of grants management experience, her career focused on research and analytical work in low-income housing, residential transitions, and migration effects. She has a masters of distinction in urban planning from Harvard University, a masters of public affairs from Princeton University, and a bachelor of science in engineering, with honors, from the University of Pennsylvania.


Citizen Engagement in the Water Sector – A Guidance Note (Draft). November 2017.

“Citizen Engagement: Scaling up Social Accountability for Inclusive Water Services”. November 2017.

“Improved Health in Mozambique: Four Takeaways from Social Accountability Knowledge, Skills, Action and Networking (SAKSAN).” March 2017.

“Gender & Social Inclusion in Strategic Social Accountability Approaches: Lessons from the Water Sector in Tajikistan.” January 2017.

“The Importance of including CSOs in Development Partnerships.” November 2016.

“Learning at the Local Level, DC.” September 2016.