Aaron Abbarno

Comparative Politics and Democratization Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Division
Washington, DC | October 2013 – October 2016

Aaron Abbarno served as the Democracy Fellow for Comparative Politics and Democratization in the Learning Division of USAID’s DRG Center. In this capacity, Aaron drew on his substantive expertise in comparative politics and on his methodological expertise in lab experiments in human behavior, population-based survey experiments, and non-experimental observational research methods. Prior to joining the Learning Division, Aaron worked with the University of Pittsburgh’s Governance Group to develop unobtrusive survey measurement strategies to help evaluate USAID programs designed to counter violent extremism and foster tolerance in West Africa’s Sahel region.

His scholarly research specialty is in comparative politics and mass political behavior. He examines the sources of public support for democratic values, especially tolerance for minority rights, and the consequences of these values for political behavior among individuals who embrace them. His other projects examine contextual factors that foster support for fundamental democratic values and the implications of democratic publics for effective and enduring democratic government.

Aaron has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Pittsburgh, an MA in Diplomacy and International Relations from Seton Hall University, and a BA in History and Italian Literature from the University of Pittsburgh.


Laura Ahearn

Learning Curation Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Division
Washington, DC | July 2016 – January 2017

Laura Ahearn served as the Democracy Fellow for Learning Curation in the Learning Division of the Center of Excellence in Democracy, Human Rights, and Governance (DRG Center) at USAID. Laura is an anthropologist with expertise in language and culture, focusing primarily on South Asia. She has conducted research on agency, literacy, love letters, marriage practices, gender, development, and social change in Nepal. She brought expertise in ethnographic and qualitative methodologies, human-centered design, monitoring and evaluation, and research design to the DRG Center.

Prior to joining the Learning Division, Laura was an Associate Professor of Anthropology at Rutgers University and a Program Director at the National Science Foundation. She is the author of two books and the editor of the series Oxford Studies in the Anthropology of Language.

Laura holds a PhD in Anthropology from the University of Michigan and a BA in Political Philosophy from Williams College.


Nicole Bonoff

Impact Evaluation Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Division
Washington, DC | September 2013 – July 2017

Nicole Bonoff was an Impact Evaluation Fellow in the Learning Division of USAID's DRG Center, working primarily on field and natural experiments and survey methodology. Prior to her fellowship, she researched fiscal accountability in Kenya, incumbency and female representation in African legislatures, and spillover effects in randomized controlled trials that travel through social networks. In the Fall of 2017, Nicole is taking on a new role at Facebook as a Quantitative Researcher on internet expansion in Africa.

Nicole recently received her PhD in Political Science at the University of California-San Diego. Her dissertation examines the role that traditional authorities play in elections in Africa. She argued that there is a delegation relationship between local politicians and chiefs, where chiefs engage in vote mobilization on behalf of politicians in exchange for great fiscal autonomy of their villages.

Nicole has a PhD in Political Science from University of California-Diego, an MA in Political Science from the University of California-San Diego, a BA in Political Science from Stanford University, and a BS in Earth Systems (Environmental Sciences) from Stanford University.


Tomas Bridle

Legislative Strengthening Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Governance & Rule of Law Division
Washington, DC | April 2014 – June 2016

Tom Bridle was a Legislative Strengthening Fellow with the Governance and Rule of Law (GROL) Division in the DRG Center. Working with other specialists within and outside USAID, he contributed to many of USAID’s key technical documents on legislative strengthening, including a revised USAID Handbook on Legislative Strengthening Programs (completed June 2016). Tom previously held senior positions at DAI and the National Democratic Institute (NDI), designing and managing USAID governance programs in Pakistan, Kyrgyzstan, Azerbaijan, and Haiti. He completed more than 15 consulting assignments related to governance, institutional capacity, and legislative strengthening.

Tom began his career on Capitol Hill and then served as a governance advisor to President Vaclav Havel in the early years of Czechoslovakia’s democratic transition.

Tom has an MA in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA in Development Studies from the University of California-Berkeley.


Diana Cammack

Political-Economic Analysis Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Cross-Sectoral Division
Washington, DC | September 2013 – October 2015

Diana Cammack worked to introduce political-economic analysis (PEA) into USAID’s sector-based programs. Diana has researched and written on governance and development issues in sub-Saharan Africa and parts of Asia for nearly 30 years. After earning her PhD in history, she did post-doctoral research on peace and security as a Social Science Research Council (SSRC)-MacArthur Fellow at Oxford University. In other positions, she led the Politics and Governance Program at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) and managed the Local Governance and Leadership stream of the Africa Power and Politics Programme.

As an independent researcher, Diana has published articles and papers on refugee protection, conflict and fragile states, transitional justice, human rights, gender, elections, and decentralization. For the last decade, she has specialized in the link between governance and development in neo-patrimonial states, and has used PEA to identify the factors that must be addressed in the design of effective aid programs. With David Booth at ODI, she co-authored Governance for Development in Africa: Solving Collective Action Problems (ZED Books, Oct 2013).

Diana has a PhD and an MA in History from the University of California-Irvine and a BA in History from the University of California-San Diego.


Marina Colby

Senior Counter-Trafficking in Persons Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Human Rights Division
Washington, DC | May 2013 – July 2017

Marina Colby served as the Senior Counter-Trafficking in Persons (C-TIP) Fellow. As a Democracy Fellow supporting the DRG Center’s Civil Society and Media Division and the Asia Bureau, Marina Colby worked to advance USAID’s C-TIP Policy across the Agency’s development sectors and coordinated C-TIP efforts with other government agencies and interested stakeholders.

Prior to her fellowship, Marina had more than 15 years of legislative and policy experience in the field of human rights, with specialized experience at the national and international levels promoting the rights of women, children, and workers. She served as the Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at ECPAT-USA (Ending Child Prostitution and Trafficking), and as a member of ATEST (Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking). Her advocacy focused primarily on drafting and promoting federal and state anti-trafficking laws and policies, with a particular focus on child protection and child rights, as well as corporate accountability and transparency in supply chains in relation to human trafficking/forced labor. In previous positions, Marina worked for the International Labor Organization’s Washington Office (a specialized agency of the United Nations), the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative, the National Network to End Domestic Violence, and the US Department of Justice’s Office on Violence Against Women.

Marina has a JD from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a BA in International Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh.


Robert Dahl

Elections and Political Transitions Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Elections and Political Transitions Team
Washington, DC | November 2011 – October 2013

Robert Dahl served as a Democracy Fellow in the Elections and Political Transitions Team (EPT). The primary focus of his fellowship was on constitutional design in post-conflict and post-authoritarian countries.

Robert has extensive experience as a practitioner in political law and as a consultant to democratic development programs throughout the world. He served as Executive Assistant to a member of the U.S. Federal Election Commission from 1985 to 1991, and practiced law in the U.S. in the areas of political finance regulation, officeholder ethics rules, and general election law.

For 20 years, Robert has also been a legal policy advisor to democratization projects in numerous countries in Central Europe and the former Soviet Union, and in Central, South and Southeast Asia (particularly Indonesia). His consulting work has been primarily in the areas of election complaint adjudication and dispute resolution, political finance regulation and transparency, electoral systems, constitutional design, and electoral law reform.

Robert Dahl received a J.D. from the University of Chicago and a M.A. in political science from the University of Maryland.


Thomas Flores

Conflict, Fragility, and Peacebuilding Fellow
USAID/DCHA/CMM
Washington, DC | January 2017 – July 2017

Thomas Flores was a Democracy Fellow for Conflict, Fragility, and Peacebuilding (CFP) within USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM). He provided technical expertise and recommendations on the formulation of USAID’s policy on and approaches to the effective integration of conflict-sensitive theory and practice, fragility risk factors, and peacebuilding concepts into development program areas.

After his fellowship, Thomas returned to teaching at George Mason University, where he is an Associate Professor in the School for Conflict Analysis and Resolution. His research interests lie broadly in political economy, with an emphasis on comparative democratization and elections, civil conflict, and international development. He is the co-author of Elections in Hard Times: Building Stronger Democracies in the 21st Century (Cambridge University Press) and his research has appeared in the Journal of Politics, Journal of Conflict Resolution, and Review of International Organizations, among other peer-reviewed journals.

Thomas has a PhD in Political Science from the University of Michigan and a BA in Government from Harvard University.


Joshua Haynes

Development Technologist Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Civil Society and Media Team
Washington, DC | September 2011 – November 2012

Joshua Haynes served as a development technologist with the Civil Society and Media Team (CSM) with a specific focus on democracy and internet-related initiatives. Most recently, Joshua was a development technologist at DAI, working on ICT-related projects in Jamaica, Belize, Haiti, Tunisia, and Libya in the areas of stability, democracy, and mobile financial services. Joshua has also been involved in technology implementation projects across Europe, as well as international development-focused ICTs projects in Africa, Central America, the Caribbean, and South Asia, focusing on the areas of banking, tax, agriculture, literacy, election monitoring, microfinance, community-based savings, community development, applications for development, and the mobile gender gap. Prior to joining the Democracy Fellows Program, Joshua also previously worked in the private sector in software consulting and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco. He speaks a number of languages including Arabic, French, and Spanish.

Joshua Haynes received a M.A. in International Business from The Fletcher School, Tufts University


Ross Herbert

Sub-Saharan Africa Fellow
USAID/DCHA/CMM
Washington, DC | November 2012 – July 2017

Ross served as a Democracy Fellow in USAID’s Bureau for Africa; Office of Sustainable Development; Conflict, Peacebuilding, and Governance Division (AFR/SD/CPG), specializing in DRG issues. His regional focus was Southern Africa and the Mano River and coastal countries of West Africa. During his fellowship, he conducted analysis and closely tracked political developments and USAID missions’ DRG programming.

Ross has nearly 20 years of experience as an analyst, researcher, program manager, and journalist. Prior to his fellowship, he was the Research Program Director for the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) in Johannesburg. He led an eight-person research team on African politics, governance, economic development, and regional and sub-regional institutions. Before his position at the SAIIA, he was the Africa Correspondent for the Independent Newspapers Group, analyzing the impact of political transitions, conflicts, and economic development in over 40 African countries.

Ross is currently working on his PhD at Johns Hopkins University, Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS). He has an MA in Journalism from Columbia University and a BS in Accounting/Finance from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Heather LaRue Huntington

Impact Evaluation Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Division
Washington, DC | August 2014 – July 2017

As a part-time Democracy Fellow, Heather LaRue Huntington served as co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) for an impact evaluation of the USAID-funded Strengthening Accountability Mechanisms program (G-SAM) in Ghana. Having concluded her fellowship in July 2017, Heather continues to work as an Impact Evaluation Specialist for Cloudburst Consulting Group, where she designs and implements a portfolio of USAID-funded impact evaluations related to land tenure and natural resource management. Prior to Cloudburst, Heather served as a full-time Democracy Fellow for the Learning Division of USAID's DRG Center. Her key task was to promote evidence-based programming by contributing to the design of rigorous research and impact evaluations of USAID service delivery and human rights projects throughout Africa and South America. In 2013, she completed a one year post-doctoral research fellowship with the University of Michigan's School of Natural Resources and Environment.

Heather’s research interests include land tenure and natural resource governance, as well as the assessment of community-based natural resource management initiatives. Her evaluation work has been based in Ghana, Liberia, Zambia, Guinea and Ethiopia. Heather received a joint PhD in Political Science and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She also received an MA in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan and a BA in International Relations and Russian Studies from Johns Hopkins University. In addition to nine months of field research in Kyrgyzstan, Heather has studied and worked in Russia and Ukraine, and speaks Russian.


Molly Inman

Impact Evaluation Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Division
Washington, DC | June 2015 – July 2017

As a part-time Democracy Fellow, Molly Inman served as co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) for an impact evaluation of the USAID-funded Momavlis Taoba (Future Generation) Program in Georgia, which promotes civic education. This impact evaluation follows a rigorous scientific approach to gathering evidence regarding the program’s effect and employs a randomized controlled trial methodology to create the sample frame.

Molly is currently a visiting assistant professor in Georgetown University’s Conflict Resolution MA Program, where she teaches courses in research design, applied research methods, human rights and conflict resolution, civil war, and ethnic politics. She has nearly a decade of experience working in rule of law program design, implementation, and monitoring and evaluation. She has worked on programs throughout the former Yugoslavia and has conducted field research in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Chad, and Indonesia. Additionally, she has worked on research projects with the US Institute of Peace, Social Science Research Council, and the University of Maryland’s Center for International Development and Conflict Management related to the documentation and/or prevention of violence and mass atrocities.

Molly received her PhD in comparative politics and international relations from the Government and Politics Department at the University of Maryland in 2013, where she developed expertise in both quantitative and qualitative research methods. Her research focuses on ethnic politics and violent conflict. Molly also has an MA in Democracy and Human Rights from the Universities of Sarajevo and Bologna and a BA in German and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.


Casey Johnson

Countering Violent Extremism Fellow
USAID/DCHA/CMM
Washington, DC | April 2016 – July 2017

Casey Johnson served as Democracy Fellow for Countering Violent Extremism (CVE), working on CVE research and program design within USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation (CMM). Following his fellowship, Casey transitioned to the Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO) in October 2017. As CVE Senior Advisor at CSO, he leads research on emerging methods to prevent and counter violent extremism in the Balkans, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia.

From 2008 to 2016, Casey was based in Afghanistan, researching insurgent networks and local governance for an Afghan peacebuilding organization, as Governance Advisor with USAID in Kandahar, and as a Senior Program Officer with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). At USIP, he worked with Afghan civil society organizations to design and implement a range of CVE pilot projects in eastern and southern Afghanistan. Prior to Afghanistan, Casey worked for the United Nations and Catholic Relief Services in East Africa and as a photojournalist in India and Sri Lanka.

Casey has an MA in Law and Diplomacy from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.


Leah Maxson

Disability Rights Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Empowerment and Inclusion Division
Washington, DC | November 2011 – July 2017

Leah Maxson served as a Democracy Fellow for Disability Rights for the Empowerment and Inclusion Division in USAID's DRG Center. In this role, she worked to advance inclusive development programs and practices within the Agency and its field missions.

Leah has experience as a community organizer and as a teacher in schools for the deaf in Africa, Asia, and the United States. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya and is fluent in both American Sign Language and Kenyan Sign Language.

Leah has an MA in International Development from Gallaudet University and a BA in Deaf Education from Kent State University.


William Mishler

Survey Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Division
Washington, DC | June 2012 – March 2017

Bill Mishler served as Survey Fellow for the DRG Center’s Learning Division. He facilitated the collection, analysis, and use of high quality public opinion surveys in DRG Assessments. He also assisted the DRG Center and USAID Missions in collecting and analyzing survey data to facilitate evidence-based decision making in the design and evaluation of DRG programs.

Bill continues to teach at University of Arizona where he is a Professor of Government and Public Policy. He previously held tenured positions at Duke University, SUNY-Buffalo, and the University of South Carolina, where he was James B. Byrnes Professor of Government. He also served on two occasions as Director of the Political Science Program at the National Science Foundation. A specialist in public opinion and survey research, he has conducted and analyzed more than 100 surveys in 25 countries, including most of the post-Communist regimes in Eastern and Central Europe and the former Soviet Union and, more recently, several emerging Asian democracies.

Bill is the author of seven books and 60 articles broadly focused on the dynamics of popular support for democratic institutions and leaders. He teaches at the University of Arizona, where he is Professor of Political Science and Editor of The Journal of Politics.

Bill has a PhD and an MA in Political Science from Duke University and a BA in Political Science from Stetson University.


Jill Moss

New Media Development and Internet Freedom Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Civil Society & Media Division
Washington, DC | April 2013 – September 2016

Jill Moss served as a Democracy Fellow working in the areas of new media development and Internet freedom. In this role, she helped design and implement new programs in transitional countries, focusing specifically on the integration of information communication technologies (ICT) in civil society and among independent media. While at USAID missions overseas, Jill also provided digital security and privacy support to indigenous journalists.

Prior to her fellowship, Jill was a member of the Broadcasting Board of Governors’ Internet Anti-Censorship Team, a critical program for distributing US international broadcast elements into denied cyber-environments. Jill is currently working on her PhD in Strategic Communications at George Mason University. Her research interests include ICT diffusion and adoption, business models for journalistic startups, and mobile technology. In addition, she has taught journalism and radio news as an adjunct professor in GMU’s Communication Department. Her pedagogical approach is based on 12 years’ reporting experience with the Voice of America

Jill has an MA in International Education from George Mason University, and a BA in Journalism and Communications Studies from the University of Iowa.


Eric Mvukiyehe

Impact Evaluation Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Team
Washington, DC | August 2012 – February 2013

Eric Mvukiyehe served as an Impact Evaluation Advisor in the Learning Team (LT). As a Democracy Fellow, he contributed to the success of USAID’s DRG learning agenda and efforts by participating in and supporting the design and implementation of rigorous impact evaluations of identified DRG projects.

Eric Mvukiyehe is a Ph.D. candidate in political science at Columbia University. His research focuses on peace building and democratization in countries emerging from civil war. His dissertation investigates how international interventions interact with local settings in which they are carried out to shape postwar outcomes and uses experimental and non-experimental empirical data to adjudicate among competing theoretical claims.


Daniel N. Posner

Impact Evaluation Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Learning Division
Washington, DC | June 2015 – May 2017

As a part-time Democracy Fellow, Daniel Posner served as co-Principal Investigator (co-PI) for an impact evaluation of a USAID-funded program in Zambia focused on service delivery and accountability.

Daniel continues to teach at UCLA where he is the James S. Coleman Professor of International Development in the Department of Political Science. His research focuses on ethnic politics, research design, distributive politics, and the political economy of development in Africa. His most recent co-authored book, Coethnicity: Diversity and the Dilemmas of Collective Action (Russell Sage, 2009), employs experimental games to probe the sources of poor public goods provision in ethnically diverse communities. His first book, Institutions and Ethnic Politics in Africa (Cambridge, 2005), explains the conditions under which politics revolves around one dimension of ethnic cleavage rather than another. He has been a Harvard Academy Scholar (1995-98), a National Fellow at the Hoover Institution (2001-02), a Carnegie Scholar (2003-05), and a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences (2010-11).

Daniel serves on the editorial boards of World Politics, the Journal of Politics, World Development, and the Journal of Experimental Political Science. He is the co-founder of the Working Group in African Political Economy (WGAPE). He received his BA from Dartmouth College and his PhD from Harvard University.


Kyle Rearick

Global Climate Change and DRG
USAID/DCHA/PPM
Washington, DC | September 2014 – February 2017

Kyle Rearick served as a Global Climate Change and DRG Fellow with the Office of Program, Policy, and Management (PPM) within the Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) Bureau. He supported the implementation of USAID/DCHA’s Global Climate Strategy and provided technical assistance on the design of climate change governance-related programming.

Kyle is a development sociologist with expertise in climate change adaptation, democracy, human rights, governance, conflict mitigation, and collaborative natural resource management. Kyle has previously served as an AAAS Fellow at USAID. Prior to joining AAAS, he was a Climate Change Impacts Analyst with the International Resources Group, providing expert guidance regarding climate change vulnerabilities for USAID programming in Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, and Mozambique.

Kyle has a PhD in Sociology from University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MS in Natural Resource Policy and Behavior from University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and a BS in Public Affairs from Indiana University-Bloomington.


Sharon Rogers

Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Strategic Planning Division
Washington, DC | August 2014 – September 2015

Sharon was a Gender Equality and Female Empowerment Fellow with the DRG Center. She served as a resource for the Center and USAID field officers on the integration of gender equality and female empowerment across all DRG sub-sectors.

She has 15 years of experience as a gender equality advocate with an international development focus. Prior to her Fellowship, she was a Gender Mainstreaming Consultant with Internews. She also held positions with NDI, Oxfam America, and Nobel Women’s Initiative.

Sharon is currently working on her PhD at American University, School of International Studies. She is researching how the process of gender mainstreaming has influenced civil servants’ understandings of gender equality and gender norms in the Rwandan and Cambodian ministries of agriculture and local government. She has an MA in Public Policy and Women’s Studies from George Washington University and a BA in Women’s Studies from Columbia University.


Diego Solares

International LGBTI Human Rights Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Human Rights Division
Washington, DC | May 2016 – February 2017

Diego served as a part-time Democracy Fellow at the Democracy, Rights, and Governance (DRG) Center’s Human Rights Division. He worked on an evaluation of selected Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights programs. Diego also was a Key Populations Advisor at USAID's Office of HIV/AIDS.

From 2014-16, while a Senior Associate at Palladium, Diego led the development and implementation of the USAID-funded PEPFAR Gender & Sexual Diversity Training in 39 countries. Previously, Diego worked as a consultant at UNAIDS, UNDP, and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO).

Diego has an MPP from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and a MPH in Global Health Leadership, Policy, and Management from the University of Washington's Department of Global Health.


Andrew Solomon

Transitional Justice Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Governance & Rule of Law Division
Washington, DC | April 2013 – June 2016

Andrew Solomon served as a Democracy Fellow for Transitional Justice in the DRG Center’s Human Rights Division from 2013-16. He developed guiding principles, best practices, data collection, and technical tools that assisted the DRG Center and field missions to address the development challenges resulting from mass atrocities and systematic human rights abuses.

An expert in justice and rule of law promotion, Andrew has extensive experience contributing to innovative technical assistance activities and conducting field work in developing, conflict-affected, and post-conflict environments throughout Europe, Central and South Asia, Africa, and the Middle East. Prior to his fellowship, Andrew supported the development of justice and security sector doctrine at the US Department of State through BlueLaw International. He also served as Deputy Director of the Brookings Institution’s IDP Project, where he advised the Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Internal Displacement. He also has held senior positions at the American Society of International Law and the American Bar Association’s Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative. In addition, Andrew worked in the legal departments of the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, and the Coalition for International Justice. He also has participated in more than fifteen election observation missions in Europe and Eurasia for the OSCE and IFES.

Andrew sits on the Council of Experts for the International Network to Promote the Rule of Law (USIP/INPROL) and serves as Co-chair of the Transitional Justice and Rule of Law Group of the American Society of International Law. A frequent lecturer and presenter to academic and policy audiences, Andrew has published numerous articles on rule of law and justice topics.

Andrew has a JD from the Catholic University of America, an MA in International Affairs from American University, and a BA in Political Science from Temple University.

Following his Democracy Fellowship, Andrew went on to serve as a Senior Rule of Law Advisor as a Foreign Service Limited (FSL) at USAID’s DRG Center, Governance and Rule of Law Division.


Lisa Williams

Social Sector Governance Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Cross-Sectoral Dvision
Washington, DC | August 2013 – July 2016

Lisa Williams was a Social Sector Governance Fellow with the DRG Center’s Cross-Sectoral Division. She supported USAID’s DRG Center in the implementation of its strategy to promote cross-sectoral programming, its development and application of political-economy analysis (PEA), and its application of thinking and working politically (TWP) in USAID programs.

Lisa has returned to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), where she previously worked for more than 12 years. She has experience leading in conceptualizing, negotiating, and implementing common policy approaches for donors to help maximize development assistance and bring about changes in practice on issues such as aid, accountability, and democratic governance.

Lisa has a MA in International Affairs from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and a BA in Journalism and International Studies from University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.


Lawrence Woocher

Atrocity Prevention Fellow
USAID/DCHA/DRG | Human Rights Division
Washington, DC | May 2013 – October 2015

Lawrence Woocher was an Atrocity Prevention Fellow working with the DRG Center’s Human Rights Division. He contributed to USAID’s work on the comprehensive U.S. government strategy to prevent and respond to mass atrocities, announced by President Obama in April 2012.

Lawrence has worked on early warning, conflict prevention, and the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities for more than a decade. Prior to his Democracy Fellowship, he was Research Director of the Political Instability Task Force at Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC). From 2006-2011, he was a Senior Program Officer at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP). While at USIP, he served as a member of the executive committee and lead expert on early warning for the Genocide Prevention Task Force, co-chaired by former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Secretary of Defense William Cohen. Before joining USIP, Lawrence was a Research Fellow at Columbia University’s Center for International Conflict Resolution and, concurrently, a consultant on early warning to the Office of the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide. He is a lecturer at the Elliott School of International Affairs at George Washington University, and Research Director of the Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Lawrence has an MA in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School and a BA in Neuroscience from Brown University.