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Twenty one years of progressively more senior work at current employer, a nonprofit organization that has taken me to most regions of the world in support of democratic transitions, effective and transparent governance and political engagement/inclusion of marginalized groups.  Successful track record in leading organizational growth and management of global workforce.  More than 30 years’ work in political/advocacy issues with proven ability to achieve significant results and effectively communicate with domestic and international audiences.


Work experience


Vice President for Programs

International Republican Institute (IRI)

Senior executive assigned multiple tasks and projects including financial and administrative oversight for international NGO with annual revenue of $58. 4 million; hiring and career development for 200 staff worldwide in more than 30 offices; developing better measurement and evaluation tools and conception and implementation of innovative program initiatives to support freedom across the world. Use strong communication skills in representation of organization's work to media, foreign and domestic government agencies, including the U.S. Congress and the executive branch. Brought entrepreneurial approach to decline in US government(USG) program funding by cultivating foreign government financial support($10. 6 million in 2015).


Regional Director, Middle East and North Africa


Washington D.C. based. Led growth of the Middle East and North Africa division from six to 11 country programs with USG funding increased from $4. 9 million to $57. 8 million. Supervised 30 professional staff in Washington, D.C. and in nine field offices. Spokesperson to media, regularly met or briefed foreign leaders, U.S. Congress and Administration. Testified before House hearing on Pakistan.


Chief of Party, 1994-2005


Resident Country Director, Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus (1994-1999), Advisor to the Parliament of Mongolia (2000) and Resident Country Director, Indonesia (2001-2005).  

Directed US Government funded programs in support of democratic transition, good governance and political engagement of marginalized groups.  Proven ability in cross-cultural management skills through recruitment/training of local national staff and supervision of multinational expatriate staff in five countries.  Personally conducted more than 325 training programs in eight countries.  


Feb 1994Oct 1994

Legislative Assistant

U.S. Senator Frank Murkowski

Responsible for Native issues ranging from economic development to health and education.  Organized and led Congressional field hearing in Alaska.  


Director of Congressional and Legislative Affairs

Bureau of Indian Affairs, U.S. Department of the Interior

Political Appointee. Enrolled tribal member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.  Worked on a bipartisan basis with legislative and executive branches of the Federal government on American Indian and Alaska Native issues ranging from health, education, gaming, economic development to treaty rights. Testified before Congress as an Administration witness and prepared numerous Federal officials to testify before legislative hearings.        


Special Assistant

U.S. Department of the Interior

Political Appointee.  Enrolled tribal member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma.  Responsible for external affairs and media relations for Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs.   Worked frequently with state governments on issues of jurisdiction(natural resources, education and law enforcement) with Native American tribes. 


Political Campaign Consultant


Specialized in grassroots organization and voter turnout programs in statewide and Federal races. Consultant to National Republican Congressional Committee on targeted House elections.






Norwich University

Master's Degree in International Relations (Diplomacy).



University of Oklahoma

Political Science degree.

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Representative Speaking Engagements and Media


Legislative Bodies

Led roundtable discussion with Representatives of the Tunisian National Assembly, July 15, 2015; Panel moderator for discussion with Members of Libyan House of Representatives, April 17, 2015; “Democracy Assistance as a Component of US Foreign Policy” presentation to Canadian Parliamentary Secretaries for Foreign Policy and Defense in Ottawa, June 11, 2013; “Prospects for Pakistan Democracy” Congressional testimony before the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and Foreign Affairs, December 20, 2007; and “Egypt’s Elections and Their Impact on the Region” briefing for House Committee on Security and Cooperation in Europe, November 12 2005.



“October’s Pivotal Elections in Ukraine and Tunisia,” National Public Radio (NPR), September 18, 2014; CNN interview on NGO raids in Egypt, December 30, 2011; "Prospects for Egyptian Democracy," NPR interview from Cairo, February 25, 2011 and featured guest on C-SPAN's live call-in program Washington Journal on topic of Tunisian and Egyptian revolutions, January 29, 2011.


Key Audiences

“Obstacles and Opportunities for Reform in Xi Jinping’s China,“ panelist and moderator, July 15, 2015; “Engaging South Africa’s Born Free Generation,” panelist and moderator, April 27, 2015; “Adaptation and Innovation: Youth Approaches to Democracy in Asia,” panel moderator, New Delhi, India, March 23, 2015; Remarks to “Considering Marginalized Populations (LGBT) in Democracy Assistance,” February 26, 2015.


"Is Democracy Possible in Egypt?" International Student House, Washington D.C., January 26, 2012; "Seizing the Moment: A U.S. Policy Agenda for Governance and Reform in the Middle East," Aspen Institute, March 31, 2011; "What Next for Afghanistan - Post Election Analysis," The Brookings Institution, October 18, 2010; “Elections and Conflict Prevention” panel speaker, United Nations Development Programme’s Washington Roundtable, October 22, 2009.


“Prospects for Partnership in Democracy Assistance: The Forthcoming United States-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership,” U.S. Indonesia Society, September 16, 2009; “Promoting Civic Education and Participation,” American University Election Management Training Institute, June 22, 2008; “Strengthening Democracy Worldwide: Analyzing the Role of Influentials,” Institute for Politics, Democracy and the Internet at George Washington University, May 1, 2007 and “Engaging Moderate Islamists: Democratic Promise or Political Peril?” panelist, United States Institute of Peace, September 14, 2007.