Senior international development professional and governance expert known for technical and policy expertise in transparency and accountability, anti-corruption and rule of law; deep understanding of U.S. foreign assistance, multilateral development practice, and the development sector; extensive experience in strategic planning, program design and implementation; exceptional communication and team management skills; and innovative thought leadership. Over 20 years of experience designing, leading and implementing development programs and policy in the areas of good governance, transparency and accountability, anti-corruption, rule of law, natural resource management, and poverty alleviation/economic growth, including over 16 years of experience managing portfolios of United States Agency for International Development (USAID) projects around the world. Currently serves as Senior Governance and Rule of Law Advisor at USAID/Washington, providing technical and policy leadership to the Agency, field missions, and other U.S. Government (USG) agencies on key governance and anti-corruption issues, and on ways to integrate inclusive, accountable governance principles across USAID programming. As the Agency’s technical and policy lead for transparency, accountability and anti-corruption, routinely represents USAID on these issues to the inter-agency, public international organizations, non-governmental institutions, and implementing partners, and serves as USAID's POC for the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative (EITI).
Previously served in senior management roles for both Chemonics International Inc. (Chemonics) and Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI), managing large USAID project teams in both Washington D.C. and in the field; providing strategic, technical, and implementation leadership; contributing to and overseeing new business initiatives; maintaining accountability for project results; and ensuring financial and contractual compliance. As DAI's Governance Director for Latin America, maintained technical and management responsibility for the $100 million governance portfolio, including integrated programs working in public service delivery improvement, participatory governance, conflict mitigation, public financial management, and enhanced civil society. For 13 years prior, served in a variety of senior roles at Chemonics; including as Project Director for a wide portfolio of USAID projects in rule of law, regulatory reform, and economic growth in Latin America, the Middle East, and Europe & Eurasia; as Chief of Party on the USAID Bosnia FILE project and as Acting Chief of Party on the USAID CRECER project in El Salvador; and as in-house Legal Advisor, focusing on ethics/business conduct and FCPA/FCA investigations and reporting. Practiced law for an additional three yeas as an attorney at WilmerHale LLP, with a focus on both international trade and FCPA/FCA compliance.
Currently serves as adjunct professor in Georgetown University's Walsh School of Foreign Service graduate program. Native/bilingual Spanish speaker.