Technical Staff

MSI’s and Coffey’s international development network consists of 1,400 staff professionals worldwide, most of them from the countries where they work. We are committed to helping build local capacity and fostering sustainability. Before they embark on any assignment, staff and associates are steeped in MSI’s tools, approaches, and underlying philosophy.

Strategic Management & Performance Improvement

  • Thomas Johnson is a former USAID Foreign Service Officer, now heading MSI’s Strategic Management and Performance Improvement practice. He also serves as technical director for the firm’s largest project in Afghanistan and for an evaluation contract with the U.S. Department of State. While with USAID’s Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau, he led the revitalization of the Agency’s strategic planning and project design. He earlier served on the USAID administrator’s task force to lead the Agency’s involvement in the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review and the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development, emphasizing the importance of development in U.S. foreign policy. From 2005 to 2007, Thomas was program officer Afghanistan, responsible for a $2 billion portfolio. He also led democracy and governance offices in Colombia and Mozambique, was the education and youth team leader with USAID/West Bank and Gaza, and served as a project development officer at two posts. He holds a master’s in urban design from Harvard University.
  • Lynn Carter is a Senior Vice President and heads the practices in democracy, rights and governance (DRG), conflict mitigation/stabilization, and countering violent extremism (CVE). She also has worked in rural development and maternal and child health. Lynn has extensive strategic planning, project design, training design and facilitation, performance monitoring, and evaluation experience. She has worked in several sectors and with different clients (donors and NGOs) on the design and implementation of results frameworks, performance monitoring systems, logic models and logical frameworks. Lynn has participated in and supervised numerous performance and impact project, program and multi-donor evaluations, using qualitative and mixed methods frameworks. She led the team that produced the first-ever handbook of DRG program indicators, published by USAID, and contributed to thinking on stabilization and CVE program indicators.
  • Lisa Slifer-Mbacke has 20 years of experience leading complex international technical assistance projects with multiple subcontractors, field offices and stakeholders. She has served as Chief of Party in Nigeria for USAID and worked as the Senior Capacity Development Adviser to the USAID/West Africa Regional Mission. She also led the first MCC-funded Threshold Country Program in Burkina Faso. She has managed various contract mechanisms, including two complex global technical assistance IDIQs on child labor, forced labor and trafficking research and evaluation. Lisa heads MSI’s Basic Education practice and provides technical guidance to measurement and accountability programs in education, including early grade reading assessments and scaling up for sustainability training and workshops. She holds a master’s in International Communications from American University’s School for International Service.
  • Doug Baker is a monitoring and evaluation specialist who has worked extensively on environment and natural resource issues, from the policy level to the field—principally in Latin America and the Middle East. His most recent evaluations were of the USAID Coral Triangle Initiative and of the USAID/Brazil Environment Program. His most recent overseas posts were as chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Verification, and Evaluation Unit of the Egyptian Environmental Policy program and earlier as director of the M&E Division of the USAID/Egypt Education Reform program. A former Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, Doug holds a master’s in development economics from the University of Connecticut and also a master’s in Latin American studies jointly from Yale University and the University of Connecticut.
  • Raymond Balestino focuses on MSI’s youth development practice. Currently a technical manager for USAID’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative M&E indefinite quantity contract and fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he has spent a quarter century strengthening the capacity of governments, development organizations, and communities. Specializing in enhancing organizations’ systems and policies to manage for results, he has performed evaluations and assessments, delivered trainings, and facilitated events for the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and various U.S. Government agencies. Ramon has designed and managed projects for food security, youth workforce, microfinance and enterprise development, combating child labor, and human rights education. A former Peace Corps associate director, he holds a master’s in international economic development, is a certified performance technologist, and is a certified practitioner of Myers–Briggs Type Indicator.
  • Larry Beyna has worked in more than 35 countries, consulting and training for U.S. Government and international development agencies. His areas of expertise are policy analysis, program and project design, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic planning and management. He has worked in education, social services, economic development, domestic and international health, democracy and governance, and environment and natural resource management. Recently he designed and delivered various training programs in managing for results, including project and program management, monitoring, and evaluation. A four-year Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, Larry also worked previously at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, and James Bell Associates, Inc.
  • Keith Brown is a Senior Vice President at MSI, helping to lead much of the firm’s work in strategic management and performance improvement. An expert possessing more than two decades of experience in organizational strategic planning and performance measurement, he has worked hand-in-hand with USAID, the U.S. Department of Labor, the International Labor Organization, and the World Food Program to improve their performance. Keith has extensive technical expertise in designing and conducting evaluations, data-collection methods, and statistical analysis. He developed a range of products for client organizations that support the installation of planning and management systems, training materials, analytic instruments, and including policies and procedures. He holds a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University.
  • Betsy Bury Betsy Bury is a performance management specialist with more than two decades experience. Her expertise is in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems. Betsy also specializes in designing and delivering training in results-based management. She has led development of M&E systems for international programs sponsored by USAID, State Department, and U.S. Department of Labor. Other clients have included the World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, Microsoft and the State of Massachusetts. She teaches a continuing education course on Results Measurement in Government for the University of Massachusetts, Boston and holds a degree in Anthropology and Psychology from Dartmouth College and a Master’s Degree in Regional Economic Development Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.
  • David Callihan David Callihan is a management specialist with over 20 years’ experience in program management, institutional analysis and strategic planning. Mr. Callihan’s professional focus is on improving the effectiveness of complex programs in the areas of environment, economic development and governance. Notable accomplishments have included leading a seminal evaluation on the effectiveness of the US National Wildlife Refuge System; leading an evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the US Endangered Species Act and serving as technical advisor on a community-conservation program in Namibia and on the United -States– Asia Environment Partnership. Mr. Callihan has provided assistance to a wide range of agencies, including USAID, the U.N. Development Programme, NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Jamaica’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency and the World Wildlife Fund. Mr. Callihan has worked throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. David holds a master’s degree in administration and a bachelor’s in organizational analysis for management.
  • Lawrence Cooley founded MSI in 1981. He continues to serve as MSI’s president, heading its public sector management practice. A specialist in strategic management, public sector performance, and organizational development, he has served as an adviser to cabinet officials in federal agencies and in more than a dozen countries. For 15 years, he chaired the American Society of Public Administration’s Development Management Network, service that earned him the society’s National Award for Training Excellence. Larry directed USAID’s Implementing Policy Change program that assisted worldwide governments and oversaw a project rebuilding Iraqi ministries’ public administration. He previously worked at the World Bank, the UNDP and as a Peace Corps volunteer. He holds a master’s in economics from Columbia University, an MPA in public policy from Princeton University, and an M.Phil. in management from the United Kingdom’s Cranfield School of Management.
  • Andrew Dicello provides project management services to the public and private sectors. He has worked for USAID and the U.S. Departments of State and Agriculture in strategic planning, project design, and monitoring and evaluation. He conducted field evaluations and assessments of numerous projects and programs in the Middle East related to trade, civic education, economic growth, and democracy and governance. His experience includes extensive assistance in managing grant programs, developing public–private partnerships, and analyzing and refining policies and procedures. Andrew is a seasoned trainer, working for six years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a training and change management consultant for Fortune 500 clients in the pharmaceutical, IT, and financial services industries. He holds a master’s in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
  • Micah Frumkin is a strategic management specialist with a focus on performance monitoring and evaluation. He has experience designing and conducting evaluations and research studies for a variety of clients including USAID, the U.S. State Department, and a variety of other U.S. government agencies and partners, with the most notable being the release of a meta-evaluation of the quality of evaluation at USAID from 2009 to 2012. Micah also has experience building and maintaining M&E systems, facilitating and leading trainings, collecting and analyzing complex data sets, and drafting publications guiding evaluation practitioners on improving quality of activities. He has professional work experience from South Sudan, Ghana, Pakistan, and the Philippines. Prior to joining MSI, he was at USAID’s West Africa Trade Hub in Ghana working with local artisans to improve their business performance. He is currently enrolled in a Sustainability Management master’s program at American University and is expected to graduate in May 2014.
  • John Haecker works around the world as a management consultant and coach. His areas of expertise are leadership development, strategy, sustainability, human and institutional capacity development, and performance management. His clients have ranged across private, nonprofit, and public organizations, including USAID, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Public Health Institute, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and various government ministries and NGOs. John currently manages and contributes to programs providing training, organizational development, and capacity building. He holds master’s degrees in international economics and public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He also holds certifications in performance improvement and professional coaching.
  • Molly Hageboeck has more than 30 years of experience as an evaluation specialist. In the 1970s, she was involved in developing and disseminating the Logical Framework, a management tool for improving project design, implementation, and evaluation that is still in use around the world. She has served as USAID chief of staff and was actively involved in the development and application of strategic planning and performance measurement systems for U.S. Government and international donor assistance programs. Molly has consulted on evaluation and organizational management for the United Nations, the Peace Corps, and other government and private sector organizations. She has holds a master’s in economic development from Princeton University.
  • Hisham Jabi supports MSI’s program implementation and business development in the areas of youth development, civil society and public administration in the MENA region. Hisham has led large-scale public and private initiatives in international development in the Middle East and the U.S. since 1993. In 2004, he launched and directed the USAID-funded project Ruwwad that provided leadership, livelihood and civic engagement support for Palestinian youth. He previously launched MABCO, one of the leading information technology companies in the Middle East, and Jozoor, an NGO that provides entrepreneurship training and microfinance funding for Arab youth in rural areas. He received a President Clinton Scholarship to pursue a master’s in Business Administration from the Peter Drucker School of Management and master’s in Information Technology from Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.
  • Drew Lent brings more than 30 years of development programming, training and organizational development experience in health, democracy, environment and economic development. He has consulted for USAID, The World Bank, UN, ILO, Peace Corps, CDC and numerous foundations and training institutions in 47 developing countries, including 28 in Africa. Drew is a lead trainer for USAID’s Project Design and Management and Performance Monitoring courses and a certified trainer in the MBTI, Enneagram and Situational Leadership methodologies. He has designed and led cross-agency collaboration training for USAID, CDC and PEPFAR teams in Africa. As a management trainer, he delivers French and English language courses in strategic planning, management, project design, performance measurement, training of trainers, team building, emotional intelligence and entrepreneurship.
  • Mary Liakos has 20 years of experience in designing, managing, monitoring and evaluating development programs. She currently manages MSI’s Program and Project Management Training, leading a team of trainers, developing curricula and instructing courses. She is a master trainer, facilitator, and organizational development specialist, designing and leading workshops for NGOs and USAID staff. Mary has extensive experience with U.S.-based NGOs and has been involved in over a dozen evaluations of field projects ranging from microenterprise development to agriculture. She has worked with the USAID’s Office of Private and Voluntary Cooperation’s Matching Grant Program where she coordinated the annual application process. From 2001 to 2006, she worked with USAID’s Global Development Alliance where she led over 30 workshops on public-private alliances. She holds a master’s in International Affairs and speaks French, Greek and two African languages.
  • Steve Metzger has worked in information management and technology for more than 20 years. His expertise includes software applications (SAS statistical and database management programming), SQL based programming (SAS and Cold fusion), geographic information systems (ESRI ArcMap and ArcGIS) and Web design tools. Steve has experience in statistical analysis, and geographic information system technology, website and graphic design, and design and development of database management information systems.
  • Isaac Morrison is an evaluation specialist with broad experience as an educator, analyst, and ethnographer. Previous to joining MSI, he worked for six years with a wide range of advocacy, heath, aid, and development organizations in the public and non-profit sectors. His work at MSI has included a civil society building evaluation in Macedonia, a monitoring and evaluation program in Pakistan, and an extensive assessment of the Middle East Partnership Initiative’s (MEPI) rapid response grant making practices during the Arab Spring. A member of the American Anthropological Association and the American Evaluation Association, Isaac has presented on media tracking, social capital mobilization and protecting client confidentiality through data sanitization. He holds a master’s in Anthropology with a focus in International Development from The George Washington University.
  • Deborah Orsini has more than 30 years of experience in international development management consulting, training and monitoring and evaluation, focusing on strategic planning, performance measurement, civil society, private sector development, advocacy, and child labor and labor relations. She has extension regional experience in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Her most recent assignments involve monitoring and evaluation support for the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a large-scale grants program to promote economic, civil society and political system reform in sixteen countries in the Middle East and North Africa; and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Development (CMPE) for large scale child labor projects worldwide. Debby’s has also worked on behalf of USAID, the U.S. Department of Labor, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Cocoa Foundation Cocoa Livelihoods Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining MSI, she served as the Director of International Programs for the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru. She holds a master’s from Middlebury College, speaks fluent French and is conversant in Spanish.
  • Ingrid Orvedal Ingrid Orvedal is a monitoring and evaluation specialist with extensive experience throughout sub-Saharan Africa in the public health and education sectors. From 2010 to 2012, she served as Deputy Chief of Party and monitoring and evaluation advisor on MSI’s SUPPORT project in South Sudan. This six-year project provided critical logistic and M&E support to USAID during a historic time in the country’s formation. In this role, she managed over 20 evaluations. Today at MSI, Ingrid continues her focus on M&E, including direct support to missions in Kenya and South Sudan. She also works to enhance MSI’s Evaluation Policy and expanding our health practice area.A former Peace Corps volunteer in Namibia, she holds a master’s in Global Public Health from The George Washington University.
  • Mark Renzi serves as MSI’s chief of party for evaluation and analysis for learning in Bogotá, Colombia. His earlier technical work dealt with project evaluation, policy analysis and implementation, project management, and management improvement. He has consulted to for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and international organizations in 35 countries, with expertise in Brazil, Georgia, and Sudan. Mark previously served as technical director for a diamond policy and management project in Sierra Leone, as well as the Sudan (later South Sudan) SUPPORT project. In Tanzania, he was chief of party for USAID’s policy and institutional strengthening activity. He holds a master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning.
  • Indhu Sekar has monitoring and evaluation and strategic planning experience in the public and non-profit sectors, including assisting with USAID’s Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS) development. She designed and implemented program and summative evaluations for educational and agricultural programs and grants, as well as developed strategy related to security, women’s issues, and human services. Indhu has also designed and delivered training modules on goal development using data for decision-making, indicator development and uses of qualitative and quantitative data. She previously evaluated educational and cultural programs at the U.S. Department of State. She holds a master’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Cathy Silverstein has 25 years’ experience in enterprise development, strategic planning, and change management in more than 25 countries. She provides facilitation, training, and technical assistance in strategic management, performance improvement, economic growth, and environment with specialized expertise in scaling-up methods to achieve systemic change. From 1996 to 2009 she was managing director of Enterprise Resource Group, Inc., a strategy and economic development firm she founded with a client base including USAID, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Currently, Cathy is a visiting fellow at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, where she is pursuing an executive master’s in national resources management. A certified strategic planner, she holds a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University with specialties in banking and finance.
  • Chip Temm, is director of MSI’s Information Systems team, which provides business process analysis, knowledge management, and system design/development services both internally and to field projects worldwide. He has worked in knowledge management, software architecture and development, and project management. Chip is a certified project management professional and a PRINCE2 Practitioner. He has worked in a host of organizational settings, including international government organizations, private voluntary organizations, NGOs, and government contractors in Europe, Africa and North America. He previously built knowledge management systems and practices at the World Conservation Union in Switzerland and Conservation International in Washington, D.C. He holds a master’s in International Development/Anthropology from The George Washington University.
  • Jill Tirnauer is a senior monitoring and evaluation specialist, currently working in Pakistan on a USAID’s monitoring and evaluation project, the largest of its kind for USAID. With deep experience in social science research and evaluation of international and domestic programs, she specializes in the design and implementation of results-based performance monitoring systems, logic models and logical frameworks across different sectors, and qualitative and mix-methods frameworks for formative, summative, and impact evaluations. Jill served as an evaluation officer with the U.S. Department of State, a monitoring and evaluation adviser to the USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, and a senior associate with a non-profit organization and several private consulting firms in Washington, D.C.
  • Jennifer Ulman is a conflict specialist, having worked on USAID programs throughout East Africa and the Balkans. She is an experienced trainer and has published numerous guides and training materials on conflict programming, program/project management, and NGO capacity building. She is a skilled evaluator with interest in the crossroads of M&E and conflict. Jennifer served as co–team leader to evaluate USAID/Philippines’ impact on conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, led a sub-team on mid-term evaluation of a USAID/Ghana multi-sector decentralization project, led a sub-team in assessing impact of USAID programming on Roma, and was a team member for an evaluation of European Union programs throughout Pakistan. As a project manager, she oversaw the Managing Africa Conflict contract and USAID/East Africa’s Greater Horn of Africa Peacebuilding Initiative. As a training and peacebuilding consultant, she lived in the Balkans and Cyprus for four years. She holds an M.S. in conflict analysis.
  • Patricia Vondal has more than 30 years of experience in evaluation, strategic planning, performance measurement, and applied social science research. She has related experience in assessing the quality of performance monitoring data and the use of that data for strategic management decisions. She has provided training and technical assistance to USAID, the United Nations Fund for Population, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the International Labor Organization. Pat also has substantial technical expertise in designing and conducting evaluations, data-collection methods, and analysis. She has directed evaluations for USAID, the World Bank, the U.S. Department of State, the Kellogg Foundation, and Heifer International. She earned a Ph.D. in anthropology from Rutgers University.
  • Katharine Wheatley Hoffman’s expertise is in evaluation, training, strategic planning, performance monitoring/management, and international development in governance, education, and economic development. She has designed, implemented, and improved monitoring and evaluation systems for United States–based offices and international projects. She has conducted formative and summative evaluations and taught evaluation and strategic planning. She has supported USAID, the Kellogg Foundation, the International Finance Corporation, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, and State. She has worked in South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and South Asia and speaks French, Spanish, and German. A certified performance technologist, she holds a master’s in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
  • Ellen Yount is a Senior Vice President at MSI, overseeing strategic communications and external affairs. Prior to embarking on a career in international development, she worked for 10 years in U.S. federal and state governments in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Her 20 years’ experience in global media relations and strategic communications includes advising governments and donor-funded development projects on crisis communications, effective media relations, messaging and audience targeting. She has delivered training in more than 30 countries. USAID’s former press director and Director of Communications for Governor Tom Ridge, she has served as a senior adviser to USAID on foreign aid communications efforts since 2005, as an adviser to the HELP Commission, and served as the founding Advisory Group co-chair for the Coalition of International Development Companies. She was appointed to the board of the Society for International Development’s Washington, D.C. chapter in 2013. She received a master’s from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

ECONOMIC GROWTH

    • Doug Baker is a monitoring and evaluation specialist who has worked extensively on environment and natural resource issues, from the policy level to the field—principally in Latin America and the Middle East. His most recent evaluations were of the USAID Coral Triangle Initiative and of the USAID/Brazil Environment Program. His most recent overseas posts were as chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Verification, and Evaluation Unit of the Egyptian Environmental Policy program and earlier as director of the M&E Division of the USAID/Egypt Education Reform program. A former Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, Doug holds a master’s in development economics from the University of Connecticut and also a master’s in Latin American studies jointly from Yale University and the University of Connecticut.
    • David Callihan David Callihan is a management specialist with over 20 years’ experience in program management, institutional analysis, strategic planning. Mr. Callihan’s professional focus is on improving the effectiveness of complex programs in the areas of environment, economic development and governance. Notable accomplishments have included leading a seminal evaluation on the effectiveness of the US National Wildlife Refuge System; leading an evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the US Endangered Species Act and serving as technical advisor on a community- conservation program in Namibia and on the United -States– Asia Environment Partnership. Mr. Callihan has provided assistance to a wide range of agencies, including USAID, the U.N. Development Programme, NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Jamaica’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency and the World Wildlife Fund. Mr. Callihan has worked throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. David holds a master’s degree in administration and a bachelor’s in organizational analysis for management.
    • Bonnie Daniels provides corporate technical, financial, and managerial oversight to large field projects. She has served as officer in charge of numerous USAID–sponsored projects such as the Millennium Challenge Account–Philippines Threshold project, the Philippines Enhancing Anti-corruption Efforts project, the Afghanistan Rule of Law project, the Afghanistan Rule of Law Effectiveness Informal project, and the Afghan Governance and Legal Reform project. She served as chief of party of the USAID–sponsored Youth Reintegration Training and Education for Peace Program in Sierra Leone and has led major field projects in Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zambia. Bonnie has worked in more than 30 countries. She holds a master’s in organization development from American University. She is on Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees.
    • Andrew Dicello provides project management services to the public and private sectors. He has worked for USAID and the U.S. Departments of State and Agriculture in strategic planning, project design, and monitoring and evaluation. He conducted field evaluations and assessments of numerous projects and programs in the Middle East related to trade, civic education, economic growth, and democracy and governance. His experience includes extensive assistance in managing grant programs, developing public–private partnerships, and analyzing and refining policies and procedures. Andrew is a seasoned trainer, working for six years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a training and change management consultant for Fortune 500 clients in the pharmaceutical, IT, and financial services industries. He holds a master’s in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
    • Andrew Griminger is a Senior Vice President at MSI overseeing its regional approach with an emphasis on the Middle East. A specialist in institution building/organizational development, project design and management, and entrepreneurship development, he led numerous projects in and consulted throughout the Middle East for more than 20 years. He was USAID’s technical director on Iraq’s initial $4 billion reconstruction project and led the Agency’s $340 million public administration reform project on behalf of MSI. Andy previously managed the U.S. Department of Defense’s bilateral weapons programs, concentrating on the Arabian Gulf. He has worked extensively in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks Arabic and German and is a certified performance technologist.
    • Hisham Jabi supports MSI’s program implementation and business development in the areas of youth development, civil society and public administration in the MENA region. Hisham has led large-scale public and private initiatives in international development in the Middle East and the U.S. since 1993. In 2004, he launched and directed the USAID-funded project Ruwwad that provided leadership, livelihood and civic engagement support for Palestinian youth. He previously launched MABCO, one of the leading information technology companies in the Middle East, and Jozoor, an NGO that provides entrepreneurship training and microfinance funding for Arab youth in rural areas. He received a President Clinton Scholarship to pursue a master’s in Business Administration from the Peter Drucker School of Management and master’s in Information Technology from Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.
    • Cathy Silverstein has 25 years’ experience in enterprise development, strategic planning, and change management in more than 25 countries. She provides facilitation, training, and technical assistance in strategic management, performance improvement, economic growth, and environment with specialized expertise in scaling-up methods to achieve systemic change. From 1996 to 2009 she was managing director of Enterprise Resource Group, Inc., a strategy and economic development firm she founded with a client base including USAID, the U.S. Department of Labor, and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. Currently, Cathy is a visiting fellow at Virginia Tech’s Center for Leadership in Global Sustainability, where she is pursuing an executive master’s in national resources management. A certified strategic planner, she holds a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University with specialties in banking and finance.

Human Development

    • Ramon Balestinoleads MSI’s human development and youth development practice areas. Currently a technical manager for USAID’s Caribbean Basin Security Initiative M&E indefinite quantity contract and fluent in Spanish and Portuguese, he has spent a quarter century strengthening the capacity of governments, development organizations, and communities. Specializing in enhancing organizations’ systems and policies to manage for results, he has performed evaluations and assessments, delivered trainings, and facilitated events for the Inter-American Development Bank, the United Nations Development Program, the World Bank, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and various U.S. Government agencies. He has designed and managed projects for food security, youth workforce, microfinance and enterprise development, combating child labor, and human rights education. A former Peace Corps associate director, he holds an M.A. in international economic development, is a certified performance technologist, and is a certified practitioner of Myers–Briggs Type Indicator.
    • Darcy Ashman, D.B.A., has more than 25 years of experience in international development as a technical specialist, applied researcher, program director and adult educator. She specializes in gender equality and human rights, civil society and governance, and organization and network development. Darcy helped launch two innovative NGO leadership and management training programs in partnership with African and Asian NGOs. She also provided technical advice and conducted evaluations to strengthen more than 15 USAID-funded civil society programs, including anti-corruption in Bangladesh, peace building and reconciliation in Sri Lanka, human rights, violence against women and trafficking in Bangladesh, and health programs in Malawi, Nicaragua, Vietnam and Bangladesh. She earned her PhD in Organizational Behavior with a minor in Civil Society from the Boston University Graduate School of Management and a master’s in international development from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
    • Doug Baker is a monitoring and evaluation specialist who has worked extensively on environment and natural resource issues, from the policy level to the field—principally in Latin America and the Middle East. His most recent evaluations were of the USAID Coral Triangle Initiative and of the USAID/Brazil Environment Program. His most recent overseas posts were as chief of party for the USAID Monitoring, Verification, and Evaluation Unit of the Egyptian Environmental Policy program and earlier as director of the M&E Division of the USAID/Egypt Education Reform program. A former Fulbright Fellow in Brazil, Doug holds a master’s in development economics from the University of Connecticut and also a master’s in Latin American studies jointly from Yale University and the University of Connecticut.
    • Andrew Griminger is a Senior Vice President at MSI overseeing its regional approach with an emphasis on the Middle East. A specialist in institution building/organizational development, project design and management, and entrepreneurship development, he led numerous projects in and consulted throughout the Middle East for more than 20 years. He was USAID’s technical director on Iraq’s initial $4 billion reconstruction project and led the Agency’s $340 million public administration reform project on behalf of MSI. Andy previously managed the U.S. Department of Defense’s bilateral weapons programs, concentrating on the Arabian Gulf. He has worked extensively in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks Arabic and German and is a certified performance technologist.
    • John Haecker works around the world as a management consultant and coach. His areas of expertise are leadership development, strategy, sustainability, human and institutional capacity development, and performance management. His clients have ranged across private, nonprofit, and public organizations, including USAID, the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Public Health Institute, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and various government ministries and NGOs. John currently manages and contributes to programs providing training, organizational development, and capacity building. He holds master’s degrees in international economics and public administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He also holds certifications in performance improvement and professional coaching.
    • Kate Fehlenberg is a public health and development professional with 15 years of expertise in strategic planning, scaling-up, conflict settings and monitoring and evaluation. Her health focus includes reproductive health, maternal, neonatal and child health, gender-based violence and child marriage. Special target populations include adolescents and refugees. She was a USAID Global Health fellow managing western Tanzania’s first PEPFAR grant and co-managing family planning programs for the Jane Goodall Institute. As Director of Development for the University of California, San Francisco, she raised money from the NIH and the Gates Foundation for large-scale reproductive health field research programs. Kate also served as technical lead for the USAID Child Survival and Health Grants Program and Maternal, Neonatal and Child Health programs in Asia and Africa, including leading large-scale evaluations. She recently designed a five-year operations research initiative on child marriage in nine countries in Asia. She holds a master’s in public health from Columbia University and a second master’s from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
    • Hisham Jabi supports MSI’s program implementation and business development in the areas of youth development, civil society and public administration in the MENA region. Hisham has led large-scale public and private initiatives in international development in the Middle East and the U.S. since 1993. In 2004, he launched and directed the USAID-funded project Ruwwad that provided leadership, livelihood and civic engagement support for Palestinian youth. He previously launched MABCO, one of the leading information technology companies in the Middle East, and Jozoor, an NGO that provides entrepreneurship training and microfinance funding for Arab youth in rural areas. He received a President Clinton Scholarship to pursue a master’s in Business Administration from the Peter Drucker School of Management and master’s in Information Technology from Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.
    • Maryam Montague is a Senior Associate with over 20 years experience in running democracy and governance programs. Her areas of expertise include programming to strengthen civil society, local government, social media, and women’s participation. She has worked in over 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She holds a bachelor’s with honors from Smith College and a master’s from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
    • Deborah Orsini has more than 30 years of experience in international development management consulting, training and monitoring and evaluation, focusing on strategic planning, performance measurement, civil society, private sector development, advocacy, and child labor and labor relations. She has extension regional experience in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Her most recent assignments involve monitoring and evaluation support for the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a large-scale grants program to promote economic, civil society and political system reform in sixteen countries in the Middle East and North Africa; and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Development (CMPE) for large scale child labor projects worldwide. Debby’s has also worked on behalf of USAID, the U.S. Department of Labor, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Cocoa Foundation Cocoa Livelihoods Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining MSI, she served as the Director of International Programs for the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru. She holds a master’s from Middlebury College, speaks fluent French and is conversant in Spanish.
    • Lisa Slifer-Mbacke has 20 years of experience leading complex international technical assistance projects with multiple subcontractors, field offices and stakeholders. She has served as Chief of Party in Nigeria for USAID and worked as the Senior Capacity Development Adviser to the USAID/West Africa Regional Mission. She also led the first MCC-funded Threshold Country Program in Burkina Faso. She has managed various contract mechanisms, including two complex global technical assistance IDIQs on child labor, forced labor and trafficking research and evaluation. Lisa heads MSI’s Basic Education practice and provides technical guidance to measurement and accountability programs in education, including early grade reading assessments and scaling up for sustainability training and workshops. She holds a master’s in International Communications from American University’s School for International Service.
    • Katharine Wheatley Hoffman’s expertise is in evaluation, training, strategic planning, performance monitoring/management, and international development in governance, education, and economic development. She has designed, implemented, and improved monitoring and evaluation systems for United States–based offices and international projects. She has conducted formative and summative evaluations and taught evaluation and strategic planning. She has supported USAID, the Kellogg Foundation, the International Finance Corporation, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, and State. She has worked in South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and South Asia and speaks French, Spanish, and German. A certified performance technologist, she holds a master’s in International Affairs from The George Washington University.

Food Security, Environmental and Natural Resources

  • David Callihan is a management specialist with over 20 years’ experience in program management, institutional analysis, strategic planning. Mr. Callihan’s professional focus is on improving the effectiveness of complex programs in the areas of environment, economic development and governance. Notable accomplishments have included leading a seminal evaluation on the effectiveness of the US National Wildlife Refuge System; leading an evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the US Endangered Species Act and serving as technical advisor on a community- conservation program in Namibia and on the United -States– Asia Environment Partnership. Mr. Callihan has provided assistance to a wide range of agencies, including USAID, the U.N. Development Programme, NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Jamaica’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency and the World Wildlife Fund. Mr. Callihan has worked throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. David holds a master’s degree in administration and a bachelor’s in organizational analysis for management.
  • Keri Culver specializes in research and evaluation of international development projects. Her experience crosses sectors such as education, agriculture, cash transfers, security and justice, and small and medium-sized enterprises. Her work has included multi-country evaluations of food security and food aid, capacity building, teacher professional development, community mobilization, and entrepreneurship education. Keri established a randomized controlled trial on Zambia’s social cash transfer programming, quasi-experimental impact evaluations of traditional justice in Afghanistan and education reform in South Sudan, a rapid assessment of girls’ education in Liberia, and performance evaluation of higher education grants, student learning gains, and security and justice programming. She has led multi-disciplinary teams and worked with partners in participatory design and local M&E capacity building in 30 countries.
  • Douglas Krieger helps international and domestic clients design and improve their agricultural and natural resource programs. He has worked with domestic clients to improve management of natural resources such as farmland and water. In the international development arena, he has designed and implemented monitoring and evaluation systems and evaluated an array of development projects. Before joining MSI, Doug worked with the World Food Program to develop and implement the M&E system for its Purchase for Progress program—a five-year, 20-country food procurement and smallholder development pilot. He has conducted evaluations of USAID projects in Egypt, Ghana, India, Lebanon, Pakistan, Rwanda, and South Sudan. His competencies include all aspects of quantitative and qualitative data collection, econometric analysis, spatial analysis, and impact assessment. He holds a Ph.D. and a master’s degree from Michigan State University. His publications include more than 25 reports and papers that have appeared in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Drew Lent brings more than 30 years of development programming, training and organizational development experience in health, democracy, environment and economic development. He has consulted for USAID, The World Bank, UN, ILO, Peace Corps, CDC and numerous foundations and training institutions in 47 developing countries, including 28 in Africa. Drew is a lead trainer for USAID’s Project Design and Management and Performance Monitoring courses and a certified trainer in the MBTI, Enneagram and Situational Leadership methodologies. He has designed and led cross-agency collaboration training for USAID, CDC and PEPFAR teams in Africa. As a management trainer, he delivers French and English language courses in strategic planning, management, project design, performance measurement, training of trainers, team building, emotional intelligence and entrepreneurship.
  • Mark Renzi serves as MSI’s chief of party for evaluation and analysis for learning in Bogotá, Colombia. His earlier technical work dealt with project evaluation, policy analysis and implementation, project management, and management improvement. He has consulted to for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and international organizations in 35 countries, with expertise in Brazil, Georgia, and Sudan. Mark previously served as technical director for a diamond policy and management project in Sierra Leone, as well as the Sudan (later South Sudan) SUPPORT project. In Tanzania, he was chief of party for USAID’s policy and institutional strengthening activity. He holds a master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning.
  • Chip Temm, is director of MSI’s Information Systems team, which provides business process analysis, knowledge management, and system design/development services both internally and to field projects worldwide. He has worked in knowledge management, software architecture and development, and project management. Chip is a certified project management professional and a PRINCE2 Practitioner. He has worked in a host of organizational settings, including international government organizations, private voluntary organizations, NGOs, and government contractors in Europe, Africa and North America. He previously built knowledge management systems and practices at the World Conservation Union in Switzerland and Conservation International in Washington, D.C. He holds a master’s in International Development/Anthropology from The George Washington University.
  • Jill Tirnauer is a senior monitoring and evaluation specialist, currently working in Pakistan on a USAID’s monitoring and evaluation project, the largest of its kind for USAID. With deep experience in social science research and evaluation of international and domestic programs, she specializes in the design and implementation of results-based performance monitoring systems, logic models and logical frameworks across different sectors, and qualitative and mix-methods frameworks for formative, summative, and impact evaluations. Jill served as an evaluation officer with the U.S. Department of State, a monitoring and evaluation adviser to the USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, and a senior associate with a non-profit organization and several private consulting firms in Washington, D.C.

Democracy and Governance, Civil Society, Counter Extremism and Media

    • Lynn Carter is a Senior Vice President and heads our practices in democracy, rights and governance (DRG), conflict mitigation/stabilization, and countering violent extremism (CVE). After working in rural development and maternal and child health in Yemen, Morocco and Pakistan, she helped USAID develop tools to assess, design and evaluate DRG and conflict/extremism mitigation programs. Lynn helped develop USAID’s DRG assessment framework, the conflict assessment framework and the guide to the drivers of violent extremism. She also helped design the development indicator guides for DRG and CVE programs for USAID. She has led DRG and conflict assessments and contributed to a range of analytic products intended to aid programming, including on tribalism, governance models and rule of law programming. She has a Ph.D. from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in political development and the politics of the Middle East and a master’s degree from Harvard.
    • Gwendolyn Bevis specializes in comparative politics and research methods. Her substantive expertise includes conflict, civil society, and political party development, with regional emphases in South and Southeast Asia and the Middle East. She has conducted democracy, governance, and conflict assessments for USAID in numerous countries, including Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. Gwen developed methodologies for evaluating and evaluated programs related to parliaments in the Middle East, women in the Middle East, civil society in the Philippines, civic education, and women in politics. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Wisconsin and a master’s with distinction in development studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London.
    • Larry Beyna has worked in more than 35 countries, consulting and training for U.S. Government and international development agencies. His areas of expertise are policy analysis, program and project design, monitoring and evaluation, and strategic planning and management. He has worked in education, social services, economic development, domestic and international health, democracy and governance, and environment and natural resource management. Recently he designed and delivered various training programs in managing for results, including project and program management, monitoring, and evaluation. A four-year Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya, Larry also worked previously at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services and Education, and James Bell Associates, Inc.
    • David Callihan is a management specialist with over 20 years’ experience in program management, institutional analysis, strategic planning. Mr. Callihan’s professional focus is on improving the effectiveness of complex programs in the areas of environment, economic development and governance. Notable accomplishments have included leading a seminal evaluation on the effectiveness of the US National Wildlife Refuge System; leading an evaluation of the effectiveness and efficiency of the US Endangered Species Act and serving as technical advisor on a community- conservation program in Namibia and on the United -States– Asia Environment Partnership. Mr. Callihan has provided assistance to a wide range of agencies, including USAID, the U.N. Development Programme, NOAA, the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Jamaica’s Natural Resources Conservation Agency and the World Wildlife Fund. Mr. Callihan has worked throughout Africa, Southeast Asia, Eastern Europe and the Caribbean. David holds a master’s degree in administration and a bachelor’s in organizational analysis for management.
    • Bonnie Daniels provides corporate technical, financial, and managerial oversight to large field projects. She has served as officer in charge of numerous USAID–sponsored projects such as the Millennium Challenge Account–Philippines Threshold project, the Philippines Enhancing Anti-corruption Efforts project, the Afghanistan Rule of Law project, the Afghanistan Rule of Law Effectiveness Informal project, and the Afghan Governance and Legal Reform project. She served as chief of party of the USAID–sponsored Youth Reintegration Training and Education for Peace Program in Sierra Leone and has led major field projects in Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zambia. Bonnie has worked in more than 30 countries. She holds a master’s in organization development from American University. She is on Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees.
    • Phyllis Dininio has in-depth experience in governance and conflict resolution and prevention. She served as the senior governance adviser in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Earlier, she worked at the World Bank and in USAID’s Democracy and Governance Office. Phyllis’s publications include USAID’s The Development Response to Drug Trafficking in Africa: A Programming Guide, Guidance for Democracy and Governance Programming in Post-conflict Countries, the Handbook for Fighting Corruption, and the World Bank’s Improving Governance and Controlling Corruption. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and a master’s in political and economic development from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
    • Jerome Hansen is a senior conflict specialist who has worked more than a decade in the strategic development and implementation of peacebuilding, stabilization, and reconstruction projects. Most recently, he was the peacebuilding and capacity development adviser with the United Nations Development Program in Liberia. As country manager for the Sri Lanka program at International Alert, he led efforts to create the Business for Peace Alliance. He has served on conflict projects for USAID, the European Union, numerous foundations, and the respective development agencies for the Governments of Australia, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. He holds a master’s degree from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
    • Jill Jarvi has more than 20 years of international development experience in post-conflict and transitional countries in the Middle East and North Africa, the Balkans, and the former Soviet Union. Her expertise includes civil society and media development, NGO/CSO capacity building and organizational development, and project design and management. She served more than two years as the Chief of Party for the USAID-funded Egypt Civil Society Support project following the January 25th revolution, and also managed the Egypt Media Development Program in the months leading up to and during the Arab Spring. Prior to joining MSI, she worked for IREX and the Landmine Survivors Network/Survivor Corps, and managed a portfolio of academic and professional exchange programs for the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State. She holds a master’s degree in international affairs from The George Washington University. She speaks Russian and Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian.
    • Joel Jutkowitz focuses on MSI’s decentralization and legislative strengthening practice. With more than 40 years’ experience designing, evaluating, implementing, and managing international development programs in legislative strengthening, local government, political participation, and civil society development, he serves as technical director for several USAID–funded projects, including local governance in Colombia and civil society development in Honduras. Joel has led strategic assessments of Cambodia, Ecuador, and Peru and supervised the Office of Transition Initiatives program in Venezuela. He carried out an evaluation of Plan Colombia. He served as the acting chief of party on the Increased Citizen Participation in Strengthened Local Government Project in Guatemala. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from New York University.
    • Drew Lent brings more than 30 years of development programming, training and organizational development experience in health, democracy, environment and economic development. He has consulted for USAID, The World Bank, UN, ILO, Peace Corps, CDC and numerous foundations and training institutions in 47 developing countries, including 28 in Africa. Drew is a lead trainer for USAID’s Project Design and Management and Performance Monitoring courses and a certified trainer in the MBTI, Enneagram and Situational Leadership methodologies. He has designed and led cross-agency collaboration training for USAID, CDC and PEPFAR teams in Africa. As a management trainer, he delivers French and English language courses in strategic planning, management, project design, performance measurement, training of trainers, team building, emotional intelligence and entrepreneurship.
    • Maryam Montague is a Senior Associate with over 20 years experience in running democracy and governance programs. Her areas of expertise include programming to strengthen civil society, local government, social media, and women’s participation. She has worked in over 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She holds a bachelor’s with honors from Smith College and a master’s from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
    • Deborah Orsini has more than 30 years of experience in international development management consulting, training and monitoring and evaluation, focusing on strategic planning, performance measurement, civil society, private sector development, advocacy, and child labor and labor relations. She has extension regional experience in the Middle East, Africa and Eastern Europe. Her most recent assignments involve monitoring and evaluation support for the U.S. Department of State’s Middle East Partnership Initiative (MEPI), a large-scale grants program to promote economic, civil society and political system reform in sixteen countries in the Middle East and North Africa; and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Comprehensive Monitoring and Evaluation Plan Development (CMPE) for large scale child labor projects worldwide. Debby’s has also worked on behalf of USAID, the U.S. Department of Labor, the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the World Cocoa Foundation Cocoa Livelihoods Project funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Before joining MSI, she served as the Director of International Programs for the Institute for Liberty and Democracy in Lima, Peru. She holds a master’s from Middlebury College, speaks fluent French and is conversant in Spanish.
    • Mark Renzi serves as MSI’s chief of party for evaluation and analysis for learning in Bogotá, Colombia. His earlier technical work dealt with project evaluation, policy analysis and implementation, project management, and management improvement. He has consulted to for-profit, nonprofit, governmental, and international organizations in 35 countries, with expertise in Brazil, Georgia, and Sudan. Mark previously served as technical director for a diamond policy and management project in Sierra Leone, as well as the Sudan (later South Sudan) SUPPORT project. In Tanzania, he was chief of party for USAID’s policy and institutional strengthening activity. He holds a master’s in public affairs and urban and regional planning.
    • Ellen Seats focuses on MSI’s security and justice practice. She is a rule of law and democracy specialist who has designed and implemented programs in judicial reform, advocacy, legal education, civil society development, anti-corruption, electoral reform, political party development, and legislative strengthening on behalf of USAID and other donors. She lived in the former Soviet Union for six years, overseeing implementation of Ukraine’s $45 million Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold. She also developed standard operating procedures for Iraq’s inspectorate general system, managed USAID’s democracy portfolio in Jordan, and designed anti-corruption initiatives for Serbia. She is a trial lawyer, having clerked for the U.S. District Court and practiced domestically for nine years. She holds degrees in business and law from the University of Michigan.
    • Lisa Slifer-Mbacke has 20 years of experience leading complex international technical assistance projects with multiple subcontractors, field offices and stakeholders. She has served as Chief of Party in Nigeria for USAID and worked as the Senior Capacity Development Adviser to the USAID/West Africa Regional Mission. She also led the first MCC-funded Threshold Country Program in Burkina Faso. She has managed various contract mechanisms, including two complex global technical assistance IDIQs on child labor, forced labor and trafficking research and evaluation. Lisa heads MSI’s Basic Education practice and provides technical guidance to measurement and accountability programs in education, including early grade reading assessments and scaling up for sustainability training and workshops. She holds a master’s in International Communications from American University’s School for International Service.
    • Bert Spector is an anti-corruption expert who has authored numerous papers, lectured and directed projects in this field. He is steeped in management, consulting, research, and practical field experience in programs related to anti-corruption and good governance, mediation and negotiation, conflict resolution, and decision-making. He led the effort to design USAID’s Corruption Assessment Handbook, now used worldwide to analyze corruption vulnerabilities and develop new programs. Bert has supported government, civil society, and business leaders in the development and implementation of anti-corruption strategies in more than 20 countries. He is editor in chief of the academic journal International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice and recently authored Negotiating Peace and Confronting Corruption, published by the U.S. Institute of Peace. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from New York University.
    • David Timberman has specialized in governance and conflict analysis and designing strategies and programs to support democratic governance and conflict mitigation for more than 30 years. His regional expertise is in Southeast and South Asia. He played a leading role in designing USAID/Indonesia’s democracy and governance program and helped design DANIDA’s governance program in Indonesia. He has held staff positions with Asia Society, the Asia Foundation, Chase Bank, the National Democratic Institute and USAID. He holds a master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on the Philippine and Southeast Asian politics.
    • Jill Tirnauer is a senior monitoring and evaluation specialist, currently working in Pakistan on a USAID’s monitoring and evaluation project, the largest of its kind for USAID. With deep experience in social science research and evaluation of international and domestic programs, she specializes in the design and implementation of results-based performance monitoring systems, logic models and logical frameworks across different sectors, and qualitative and mix-methods frameworks for formative, summative, and impact evaluations. Jill served as an evaluation officer with the U.S. Department of State, a monitoring and evaluation adviser to the USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, and a senior associate with a non-profit organization and several private consulting firms in Washington, D.C.
    • Jennifer Ulman is a conflict specialist, having worked on USAID programs throughout East Africa and the Balkans. She is an experienced trainer and has published numerous guides and training materials on conflict programming, program/project management, and NGO capacity building. She is a skilled evaluator with interest in the crossroads of M&E and conflict. Jennifer served as co–team leader to evaluate USAID/Philippines’ impact on conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, led a sub-team on mid-term evaluation of a USAID/Ghana multi-sector decentralization project, led a sub-team in assessing impact of USAID programming on Roma, and was a team member for an evaluation of European Union programs throughout Pakistan. As a project manager, she oversaw the Managing Africa Conflict contract and USAID/East Africa’s Greater Horn of Africa Peacebuilding Initiative. As a training and peacebuilding consultant, she lived in the Balkans and Cyprus for four years. She holds an M.S. in conflict analysis.
    • Katharine Wheatley Hoffman’s expertise is in evaluation, training, strategic planning, performance monitoring/management, and international development in governance, education, and economic development. She has designed, implemented, and improved monitoring and evaluation systems for United States–based offices and international projects. She has conducted formative and summative evaluations and taught evaluation and strategic planning. She has supported USAID, the Kellogg Foundation, the International Finance Corporation, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, and the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security, Labor, and State. She has worked in South and Central America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and South Asia and speaks French, Spanish, and German. A certified performance technologist, she holds a master’s in International Affairs from The George Washington University.
    • Svetlana Winbourne has twenty years of experience in designing, managing and providing technical assistance for international development programs in good governance, anti-corruption, civil society, human rights, and sustainable development . She provided technical assistance to projects in Albania, Indonesia, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine; and directed several long-term anti-corruption, civil society and human rights projects in Russia, Serbia and Ukraine. She has also conducted many democracy and governance and corruption assessments, evaluations and strategy development assignments in Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Indonesia, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine. Svetlana contributed to the USAID Corruption Assessment Methodology, conducted anti-corruption sectoral study for the USAID Anti-Corruption Strategy, and assessed the impact of anti-corruption programs worldwide. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and holds a Ph.D. in Geography.
    • Ellen Yount is a Senior Vice President at MSI, overseeing strategic communications and external affairs. Prior to embarking on a career in international development, she worked for 10 years in U.S. federal and state governments in Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Her 20 years’ experience in global media relations and strategic communications includes advising governments and donor-funded development projects on crisis communications, effective media relations, messaging and audience targeting. She has delivered training in more than 30 countries. USAID’s former press director and Director of Communications for Governor Tom Ridge, she has served as a senior adviser to USAID on foreign aid communications efforts since 2005, as an adviser to the HELP Commission, and served as the founding Advisory Group co-chair for the Coalition of International Development Companies. She was appointed to the board of the Society for International Development’s Washington, D.C. chapter in 2013. She received a master’s from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.

Anti-corruption

    • Bert Spector is an anti-corruption expert who has authored numerous papers, lectured and directed projects in this field. He is steeped in management, consulting, research, and practical field experience in programs related to anti-corruption and good governance, mediation and negotiation, conflict resolution, and decision-making. He led the effort to design USAID’s Corruption Assessment Handbook, now used worldwide to analyze corruption vulnerabilities and develop new programs. Bert has supported government, civil society, and business leaders in the development and implementation of anti-corruption strategies in more than 20 countries. He is editor in chief of the academic journal International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice and recently authored Negotiating Peace and Confronting Corruption, published by the U.S. Institute of Peace. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from New York University.
    • Benjamin Allen is an expert in the rule of law, governance, and anti-corruption programs, with a concentration on Eastern Europe (Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia) and experience in the Philippines, Rwanda, and West Bank/Gaza. He serves as MSI’s senior anti-corruption adviser in Serbia on the Judicial Reform and Government Accountability (JRGA) project, providing technical assistance to the Anti-corruption Commission. Ben was chief of party for the Palestinian Justice Enhancement Program, which aimed to strengthen public confidence and respect for the rule of law in the West Bank and Gaza. From 2007 to 2008, he served as the chief of party for the Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold Program in the Philippines, a major anti-corruption initiative that worked with the Office of Ombudsman, the Department of Finance Revenue Integrity Protection Service, and the Department of Justice.
    • Bonnie Daniels provides corporate technical, financial, and managerial oversight to large field projects. She has served as officer in charge of numerous USAID–sponsored projects such as the Millennium Challenge Account–Philippines Threshold project, the Philippines Enhancing Anti-corruption Efforts project, the Afghanistan Rule of Law project, the Afghanistan Rule of Law Effectiveness Informal project, and the Afghan Governance and Legal Reform project. She served as chief of party of the USAID–sponsored Youth Reintegration Training and Education for Peace Program in Sierra Leone and has led major field projects in Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zambia. Bonnie has worked in more than 30 countries. She holds a master’s in organization development from American University. She is on Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees.
    • Phyllis Dininio has in-depth experience in governance and conflict resolution and prevention. She served as the senior governance adviser in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Earlier, she worked at the World Bank and in USAID’s Democracy and Governance Office. Phyllis’s publications include USAID’s The Development Response to Drug Trafficking in Africa: A Programming Guide, Guidance for Democracy and Governance Programming in Post-conflict Countries, the Handbook for Fighting Corruption, and the World Bank’s Improving Governance and Controlling Corruption. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and a master’s in political and economic development from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
    • Juhani Grossmann has been implementing anti-corruption and election programs in Eastern Europe and Southeast Asia for more than a decade. He heads MSI’s $17 million USAID-funded Strengthening Integrity and Accountability program in Indonesia, which supports Indonesian agencies such as the Corruption Eradication Commission, the Supreme Audit Board, and the Administrative Reform Ministry, in simplifying their accountability mechanisms. He worked on campaign finance reform in the Philippines and led an assessment of the 2010 automated elections. In Ukraine, he headed MSI’s component of the Millennium Challenge Corporation Threshold Country Plan, which aimed to strengthen civil society efforts in combating corruption through more than 80 local reforms, and led the country’s most thorough study of corruption. He holds master’s degrees in public management from the Hertie School of Governance and in international conflict resolution from Landegg International University.
    • Joel Jutkowitz focuses on MSI’s decentralization and legislative strengthening practice. With more than 40 years’ experience designing, evaluating, implementing, and managing international development programs in legislative strengthening, local government, political participation, and civil society development, he serves as technical director for several USAID–funded projects, including local governance in Colombia and civil society development in Honduras. Joel has led strategic assessments of Cambodia, Ecuador, and Peru and supervised the Office of Transition Initiatives program in Venezuela. He carried out an evaluation of Plan Colombia. He served as the acting chief of party on the Increased Citizen Participation in Strengthened Local Government Project in Guatemala. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from New York University.
    • Ellen Seats focuses on MSI’s security and justice practice. She is a rule of law and democracy specialist who has designed and implemented programs in judicial reform, advocacy, legal education, civil society development, anti-corruption, electoral reform, political party development, and legislative strengthening on behalf of USAID and other donors. She lived in the former Soviet Union for six years, overseeing implementation of Ukraine’s $45 million Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold. She also developed standard operating procedures for Iraq’s inspectorate general system, managed USAID’s democracy portfolio in Jordan, and designed anti-corruption initiatives for Serbia. She is a trial lawyer, having clerked for the U.S. District Court and practiced domestically for nine years. She holds degrees in business and law from the University of Michigan.
    • Svetlana Winbourne has twenty years of experience in designing, managing and providing technical assistance for international development programs in good governance, anti-corruption, civil society, human rights, and sustainable development. She provided technical assistance to projects in Albania, Indonesia, Russia, Serbia and Ukraine; and directed several long-term anti-corruption, civil society and human rights projects in Russia, Serbia and Ukraine. She has also conducted many democracy and governance and corruption assessments, evaluations and strategy development assignments in Bangladesh, Belarus, Georgia, Indonesia, Kosovo, Russia, and Ukraine. Svetlana contributed to the USAID Corruption Assessment Methodology, conducted anti-corruption sectoral study for the USAID Anti-Corruption Strategy, and assessed the impact of anti-corruption programs worldwide. She is fluent in Russian and Ukrainian and holds a Ph.D. in Geography.

Security & Justice

  • Andrew Griminger is a Senior Vice President at MSI overseeing its regional approach with an emphasis on the Middle East. A specialist in institution building/organizational development, project design and management, and entrepreneurship development, he led numerous projects in and consulted throughout the Middle East for more than 20 years. He was USAID’s technical director on Iraq’s initial $4 billion reconstruction project and led the Agency’s $340 million public administration reform project on behalf of MSI. Andy previously managed the U.S. Department of Defense’s bilateral weapons programs, concentrating on the Arabian Gulf. He has worked extensively in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks Arabic and German and is a certified performance technologist.
  • Lynn Carter is a Senior Vice President at MSI, heading its practices in democracy, rights and governance (DRG), conflict mitigation/stabilization, and countering violent extremism (CVE). She designed, initiated and oversaw a highly successful gender and the law program for USAID in India from 2003-2006. She oversaw the initiation of USAID’s first rule of law program in Afghanistan in 2003. She led substantial work on the development of rule of law indicators in 1997/98 for USAID and has been involved in rule of law program evaluations including an Africa-wide one.
  • Lawrence Cooley founded MSI in 1981. He continues to serve as MSI’s president, heading its public sector management practice. A specialist in strategic management, public sector performance, and organizational development, he has served as an adviser to cabinet officials in federal agencies and in more than a dozen countries. For 15 years, he chaired the American Society of Public Administration’s Development Management Network, service that earned him the society’s National Award for Training Excellence. Larry directed USAID’s Implementing Policy Change program that assisted worldwide governments and oversaw a project rebuilding Iraqi ministries’ public administration. He previously worked at the World Bank, the UNDP and as a Peace Corps volunteer. He holds a master’s in economics from Columbia University, an MPA in public policy from Princeton University, and an M.Phil. in management from the United Kingdom’s Cranfield School of Management.
  • Bonnie Daniels provides corporate technical, financial, and managerial oversight to large field projects. She has served as officer in charge of numerous USAID–sponsored projects such as the Millennium Challenge Account–Philippines Threshold project, the Philippines Enhancing Anti-corruption Efforts project, the Afghanistan Rule of Law project, the Afghanistan Rule of Law Effectiveness Informal project, and the Afghan Governance and Legal Reform project. She served as chief of party of the USAID–sponsored Youth Reintegration Training and Education for Peace Program in Sierra Leone and has led major field projects in Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, and Zambia. Bonnie has worked in more than 30 countries. She holds a master’s in organization development from American University. She is on Northwestern University’s Board of Trustees.
  • Ellen Seats focuses on MSI’s security and justice practice. She is a rule of law and democracy specialist who has designed and implemented programs in judicial reform, advocacy, legal education, civil society development, anti-corruption, electoral reform, political party development, and legislative strengthening on behalf of USAID and other donors. She lived in the former Soviet Union for six years, overseeing implementation of Ukraine’s $45 million Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold. She also developed standard operating procedures for Iraq’s inspectorate general system, managed USAID’s democracy portfolio in Jordan, and designed anti-corruption initiatives for Serbia. She is a trial lawyer, having clerked for the U.S. District Court and practiced domestically for nine years. She holds degrees in business and law from the University of Michigan.
  • David Timberman has specialized in governance and conflict analysis and designing strategies and programs to support democratic governance and conflict mitigation for more than 30 years. His regional expertise is in Southeast and South Asia. He played a leading role in designing USAID/Indonesia’s democracy and governance program and helped design DANIDA’s governance program in Indonesia. He has held staff positions with Asia Society, the Asia Foundation, Chase Bank, the National Democratic Institute and USAID. He holds a master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on the Philippine and Southeast Asian politics.
  • Shelley Wieck is a senior rule of law advisor and democracy and governance specialist who has designed, managed and implemented institutional development and capacity-building programs in the areas of justice sector reform, access to justice, judicial and legal professional training, legal education, local governance, civil society advocacy, and anti-corruption in post-conflict and transitioning countries. Her countries of focus have included Lebanon, Ukraine, Timor Leste, Serbia and the Czech Republic. Shelley currently serves as MSI technical director for a suite of local governance and civil society organization capacity-building projects in Lebanon, as well as provides analytical and assessment services, strategic planning, and business development for rule of law and democracy and governance programs. She holds a law degree from the University of South Dakota.

Public Sector Management

  • Lawrence Cooley founded MSI in 1981. He continues to serve as MSI’s president, heading its public sector management practice. A specialist in strategic management, public sector performance, and organizational development, he has served as an adviser to cabinet officials in federal agencies and in more than a dozen countries. For 15 years, he chaired the American Society of Public Administration’s Development Management Network, service that earned him the society’s National Award for Training Excellence. Larry directed USAID’s Implementing Policy Change program that assisted worldwide governments and oversaw a project rebuilding Iraqi ministries’ public administration. He previously worked at the World Bank, the UNDP and as a Peace Corps volunteer. He holds a master’s in economics from Columbia University, an MPA in public policy from Princeton University, and an M.Phil. in management from the United Kingdom’s Cranfield School of Management.
  • Joseph Christoff has over 30 years of experience designing and implementing performance evaluation audits and investigating the effectiveness of international development and security assistance programs. As the Director of MSI’s Institute for Public Accountability, he has led efforts to build the capacity of national audit offices — offices that are the potential enablers of greater transparency in countries’ public financial management practices. His training programs in Indonesia and Serbia have strengthened the audit offices’ performance auditing skills, data collection and assessment tools, and report clarity and quality. Previously, Joseph was the Director of International Affairs and Trade at the U.S. Government Accountability Office. In that leadership role, he directed more than 200 performance audits of U.S. development and security assistance programs in more than 100 countries. He presented the audits’ major findings and recommendations at numerous Congressional hearings and through appearances on CNN, BBC, NPR, C-Span, and CBS. His reports detailed nearly 200 recommendations for improving government performance and saved the American taxpayer over $2.1 billion.
  • Andrew Dicello provides project management services to the public and private sectors. He has worked for USAID and the U.S. Departments of State and Agriculture in strategic planning, project design, and monitoring and evaluation. He conducted field evaluations and assessments of numerous projects and programs in the Middle East related to trade, civic education, economic growth, and democracy and governance. His experience includes extensive assistance in managing grant programs, developing public–private partnerships, and analyzing and refining policies and procedures. Andrew is a seasoned trainer, working for six years with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a training and change management consultant for Fortune 500 clients in the pharmaceutical, IT, and financial services industries. He holds a master’s in international management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
  • Phyllis Dininio has in-depth experience in governance and conflict resolution and prevention. She served as the senior governance adviser in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Earlier, she worked at the World Bank and in USAID’s Democracy and Governance Office. Phyllis’s publications include USAID’s The Development Response to Drug Trafficking in Africa: A Programming Guide, Guidance for Democracy and Governance Programming in Post-conflict Countries, the Handbook for Fighting Corruption, and the World Bank’s Improving Governance and Controlling Corruption. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and a master’s in political and economic development from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
  • Brad Favor, is a senior manager with 30 years of experience leading a diverse range of national and regional development programs and projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. His expertise includes national program leadership and managing complex systems and operations. As Director of Field Operations for MSI, he oversees management of development projects across regions with a specific focus on conflict zones. As Peace Corps Country Director and Chief of Operations for Africa, Brad directed regional and national programs in education, health, environment, business development, agriculture and community development. He is a master trainer with extensive international training and training management background. He is also a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT).
  • Andrew Griminger is a Senior Vice President at MSI overseeing its regional approach with an emphasis on the Middle East. A specialist in institution building/organizational development, project design and management, and entrepreneurship development, he led numerous projects in and consulted throughout the Middle East for more than 20 years. He was USAID’s technical director on Iraq’s initial $4 billion reconstruction project and led the Agency’s $340 million public administration reform project on behalf of MSI. Andy previously managed the U.S. Department of Defense’s bilateral weapons programs, concentrating on the Arabian Gulf. He has worked extensively in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks Arabic and German and is a certified performance technologist.
  • Richard Huntington specializes in the cultural institutional dimensions of international development programs, especially in public administration reform and local government. He has managed complex development projects, serving as MSI’s chief of party of the USAID–funded Tarabot (Arabic for linkages) Iraq Administrative Reform project and of the Iraq National Capacity Development project. He served as MSI’s project director of the worldwide Integrated Management Resources project, providing expertise in performance management. He has carried out studies, impact assessments, evaluations, and program designs in 45 countries. He served on the faculties of Harvard University, Princeton University, the American University in Cairo, the University of Khartoum, and the University of Cape Town. Author of four books on culture and development in Egypt, Madagascar, and Sudan, he earned his Ph.D. from Duke University in social anthropology.
  • Joseph Scheibel has been working on the ground in development in the Middle East and North Africa for most of the past decade. He recently worked as a public administration adviser for the USAID–funded Tarabot (Arabic for linkages) Iraq Administrative Reform project and managed an integrated, whole-of-government technical assistance and capacity building program that encompassed all of Iraq’s central ministries and governors’ offices. He designed or contributed to reform initiatives in planning, procurement, project management, organizational development, and service improvement. Joe has extensive experience in capital investment cycle management, public service delivery and decentralization. A certified performance technologist, he holds a master’s in international development from the American University in Cairo and is conversant in Arabic and German.
  • Chip Temm, is director of MSI’s Information Systems team, which provides business process analysis, knowledge management, and system design/development services both internally and to field projects worldwide. He has worked in knowledge management, software architecture and development, and project management. Chip is a certified project management professional and a PRINCE2 Practitioner. He has worked in a host of organizational settings, including international government organizations, private voluntary organizations, NGOs, and government contractors in Europe, Africa and North America. He previously built knowledge management systems and practices at the World Conservation Union in Switzerland and Conservation International in Washington, D.C. He holds a master’s in International Development/Anthropology from The George Washington University.

Decentralization & Legislative Strengthening

  • Joel Jutkowitz focuses on MSI’s decentralization and legislative strengthening practice. With more than 40 years’ experience designing, evaluating, implementing, and managing international development programs in legislative strengthening, local government, political participation, and civil society development, he serves as technical director for several USAID–funded projects, including local governance in Colombia and civil society development in Honduras. Joel has led strategic assessments of Cambodia, Ecuador, and Peru and supervised the Office of Transition Initiatives program in Venezuela. He carried out an evaluation of Plan Colombia. He served as the acting chief of party on the Increased Citizen Participation in Strengthened Local Government Project in Guatemala. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from New York University.
  • Brad Favor, is a senior manager with 30 years of experience leading a diverse range of national and regional development programs and projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. His expertise includes national program leadership and managing complex systems and operations. As Director of Field Operations for MSI, he oversees management of development projects across regions with a specific focus on conflict zones. As Peace Corps Country Director and Chief of Operations for Africa, Brad directed regional and national programs in education, health, environment, business development, agriculture and community development. He is a master trainer with extensive international training and training management background. He is also a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT).
  • Jerome Hansen is a senior conflict specialist who has worked more than a decade in the strategic development and implementation of peacebuilding, stabilization, and reconstruction projects. Most recently, he was the peacebuilding and capacity development adviser with the United Nations Development Program in Liberia. As country manager for the Sri Lanka program at International Alert, he led efforts to create the Business for Peace Alliance. He has served on conflict projects for USAID, the European Union, numerous foundations, and the respective development agencies for the Governments of Australia, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. He holds a master’s degree from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
  • Joseph Scheibel has been working on the ground in development in the Middle East and North Africa for most of the past decade. He recently worked as a public administration adviser for the USAID–funded Tarabot (Arabic for linkages) Iraq Administrative Reform project and managed an integrated, whole-of-government technical assistance and capacity building program that encompassed all of Iraq’s central ministries and governors’ offices. He designed or contributed to reform initiatives in planning, procurement, project management, organizational development, and service improvement. Joe has extensive experience in capital investment cycle management, public service delivery and decentralization. A certified performance technologist, he holds a master’s in international development from the American University in Cairo and is conversant in Arabic and German.
  • Ellen Seats focuses on MSI’s security and justice practice. She is a rule of law and democracy specialist who has designed and implemented programs in judicial reform, advocacy, legal education, civil society development, anti-corruption, electoral reform, political party development, and legislative strengthening on behalf of USAID and other donors. She lived in the former Soviet Union for six years, overseeing implementation of Ukraine’s $45 million Millennium Challenge Corporation threshold. She also developed standard operating procedures for Iraq’s inspectorate general system, managed USAID’s democracy portfolio in Jordan, and designed anti-corruption initiatives for Serbia. She is a trial lawyer, having clerked for the U.S. District Court and practiced domestically for nine years. She holds degrees in business and law from the University of Michigan.
  • David Timberman has specialized in governance and conflict analysis and designing strategies and programs to support democratic governance and conflict mitigation for more than 30 years. His regional expertise is in Southeast and South Asia. He played a leading role in designing USAID/Indonesia’s democracy and governance program and helped design DANIDA’s governance program in Indonesia. He has held staff positions with Asia Society, the Asia Foundation, Chase Bank, the National Democratic Institute and USAID. He holds a master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on the Philippine and Southeast Asian politics.
  • Jill Tirnauer is a senior monitoring and evaluation specialist, currently working in Pakistan on a USAID’s monitoring and evaluation project, the largest of its kind for USAID. With deep experience in social science research and evaluation of international and domestic programs, she specializes in the design and implementation of results-based performance monitoring systems, logic models and logical frameworks across different sectors, and qualitative and mix-methods frameworks for formative, summative, and impact evaluations. Jill served as an evaluation officer with the U.S. Department of State, a monitoring and evaluation adviser to the USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, and a senior associate with a non-profit organization and several private consulting firms in Washington, D.C.

Conflict, Stabilization and Recovery

  • Lynn Carter is a Senior Vice President and heads our practices in democracy, rights and governance (DRG), conflict mitigation/stabilization, and countering violent extremism (CVE). After working in rural development and maternal and child health in Yemen, Morocco and Pakistan, she helped USAID develop tools to assess, design and evaluate DRG and conflict/extremism mitigation programs. Lynn helped develop USAID’s DRG assessment framework, the conflict assessment framework and the guide to the drivers of violent extremism. She also helped design the development indicator guides for DRG and CVE programs for USAID. She has led DRG and conflict assessments and contributed to a range of analytic products intended to aid programming, including on tribalism, governance models and rule of law programming. She has a Ph.D. from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in political development and the politics of the Middle East and a master’s degree from Harvard.
  • Jesse Bunch is a leader in democratic governance, recovery from conflict and political transitions, economic development, and building civil society leaders and institutions. He is currently in Iraq administering the USAID-Tarabot Iraq Administrative Reform Project. Jesse has managed, designed, and supported programs in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, Pakistan, the Philippines, Serbia, and South Sudan. In more than 20 years of overseas experience, he has helped donors to achieve integrated interventions and managed large multi-component governance and stabilization projects in conflict and post-conflict states. As Chief of Party of USAID’s local governance program in Afghanistan, he worked with the Afghan Government, NATO, and donors to extend security and recovery assistance to insecure areas, as well as supported community leaders in initiatives to rebuild their villages. Bunch has a deep commitment to transparent, responsive governance and partnerships between citizens and government to accomplish development objectives.
  • Brad Favor, is a senior manager with 30 years of experience leading a diverse range of national and regional development programs and projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Northern Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. His expertise includes national program leadership and managing complex systems and operations. As Director of Field Operations for MSI, he oversees management of development projects across regions with a specific focus on conflict zones. As Peace Corps Country Director and Chief of Operations for Africa, Brad directed regional and national programs in education, health, environment, business development, agriculture and community development. He is a master trainer with extensive international training and training management background. He is also a Certified Performance Technologist (CPT).
  • Andrew Griminger is a Senior Vice President at MSI overseeing its regional approach with an emphasis on the Middle East. A specialist in institution building/organizational development, project design and management, and entrepreneurship development, he led numerous projects in and consulted throughout the Middle East for more than 20 years. He was USAID’s technical director on Iraq’s initial $4 billion reconstruction project and led the Agency’s $340 million public administration reform project on behalf of MSI. Andy previously managed the U.S. Department of Defense’s bilateral weapons programs, concentrating on the Arabian Gulf. He has worked extensively in Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and Yemen. He holds a master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks Arabic and German and is a certified performance technologist.
  • Phyllis Dininio has in-depth experience in governance and conflict resolution and prevention. She served as the senior governance adviser in the U.S. Department of State’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Earlier, she worked at the World Bank and in USAID’s Democracy and Governance Office. Phyllis’s publications include USAID’s The Development Response to Drug Trafficking in Africa: A Programming Guide, Guidance for Democracy and Governance Programming in Post-conflict Countries, the Handbook for Fighting Corruption, and the World Bank’s Improving Governance and Controlling Corruption. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Yale University and a master’s in political and economic development from Tufts University’s Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.
  • Jerome Hansen is a senior conflict specialist who has worked more than a decade in the strategic development and implementation of peacebuilding, stabilization, and reconstruction projects. Most recently, he was the peacebuilding and capacity development adviser with the United Nations Development Program in Liberia. As country manager for the Sri Lanka program at International Alert, he led efforts to create the Business for Peace Alliance. He has served on conflict projects for USAID, the European Union, numerous foundations, and the respective development agencies for the Governments of Australia, Germany, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. He holds a master’s degree from the Institute for Conflict Analysis and Resolution at George Mason University.
  • Hisham Jabi supports MSI’s program implementation and business development in the areas of youth development, civil society and public administration in the MENA region. Hisham has led large-scale public and private initiatives in international development in the Middle East and the U.S. since 1993. In 2004, he launched and directed the USAID-funded project Ruwwad that provided leadership, livelihood and civic engagement support for Palestinian youth. He previously launched MABCO, one of the leading information technology companies in the Middle East, and Jozoor, an NGO that provides entrepreneurship training and microfinance funding for Arab youth in rural areas. He received a President Clinton Scholarship to pursue a master’s in Business Administration from the Peter Drucker School of Management and master’s in Information Technology from Claremont Graduate University in Southern California.
  • Joel Jutkowitz focuses on MSI’s decentralization and legislative strengthening practice. With more than 40 years’ experience designing, evaluating, implementing, and managing international development programs in legislative strengthening, local government, political participation, and civil society development, he serves as technical director for several USAID–funded projects, including local governance in Colombia and civil society development in Honduras. Joel has led strategic assessments of Cambodia, Ecuador, and Peru and supervised the Office of Transition Initiatives program in Venezuela. He carried out an evaluation of Plan Colombia. He served as the acting chief of party on the Increased Citizen Participation in Strengthened Local Government Project in Guatemala. He holds a Ph.D. in political science from New York University.
  • Maryam Montague is a Senior Associate with over 20 years experience in running democracy and governance programs. Her areas of expertise include programming to strengthen civil society, local government, social media, and women’s participation. She has worked in over 25 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. She holds a bachelor’s with honors from Smith College and a master’s from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
  • Joseph Scheibel has been working on the ground in development in the Middle East and North Africa for most of the past decade. He recently worked as a public administration adviser for the USAID–funded Tarabot (Arabic for linkages) Iraq Administrative Reform project and managed an integrated, whole-of-government technical assistance and capacity building program that encompassed all of Iraq’s central ministries and governors’ offices. He designed or contributed to reform initiatives in planning, procurement, project management, organizational development, and service improvement. Joe has extensive experience in capital investment cycle management, public service delivery and decentralization. A certified performance technologist, he holds a master’s in international development from the American University in Cairo and is conversant in Arabic and German.
  • Bert Spector is an anti-corruption expert who has authored numerous papers, lectured and directed projects in this field. He is steeped in management, consulting, research, and practical field experience in programs related to anti-corruption and good governance, mediation and negotiation, conflict resolution, and decision-making. He led the effort to design USAID’s Corruption Assessment Handbook, now used worldwide to analyze corruption vulnerabilities and develop new programs. Bert has supported government, civil society, and business leaders in the development and implementation of anti-corruption strategies in more than 20 countries. He is editor in chief of the academic journal International Negotiation: A Journal of Theory and Practice and recently authored Negotiating Peace and Confronting Corruption, published by the U.S. Institute of Peace. He earned his Ph.D. in political science from New York University.
  • David Timberman has specialized in governance and conflict analysis and designing strategies and programs to support democratic governance and conflict mitigation for more than 30 years. His regional expertise is in Southeast and South Asia. He played a leading role in designing USAID/Indonesia’s democracy and governance program and helped design DANIDA’s governance program in Indonesia. He has held staff positions with Asia Society, the Asia Foundation, Chase Bank, the National Democratic Institute and USAID. He holds a master’s from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He is the author or editor of several books and numerous articles on the Philippine and Southeast Asian politics.
  • Jill Tirnauer is a senior monitoring and evaluation specialist, currently working in Pakistan on a USAID’s monitoring and evaluation project, the largest of its kind for USAID. With deep experience in social science research and evaluation of international and domestic programs, she specializes in the design and implementation of results-based performance monitoring systems, logic models and logical frameworks across different sectors, and qualitative and mix-methods frameworks for formative, summative, and impact evaluations. Jill served as an evaluation officer with the U.S. Department of State, a monitoring and evaluation adviser to the USAID’s Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, and a senior associate with a non-profit organization and several private consulting firms in Washington, D.C.
  • Jennifer Ulman is a conflict specialist, having worked on USAID programs throughout East Africa and the Balkans. She is an experienced trainer and has published numerous guides and training materials on conflict programming, program/project management, and NGO capacity building. She is a skilled evaluator with interest in the crossroads of M&E and conflict. Jennifer served as co–team leader to evaluate USAID/Philippines’ impact on conflict-affected areas in Mindanao, led a sub-team on mid-term evaluation of a USAID/Ghana multi-sector decentralization project, led a sub-team in assessing impact of USAID programming on Roma, and was a team member for an evaluation of European Union programs throughout Pakistan. As a project manager, she oversaw the Managing Africa Conflict contract and USAID/East Africa’s Greater Horn of Africa Peacebuilding Initiative. As a training and peacebuilding consultant, she lived in the Balkans and Cyprus for four years. She holds an M.S. in conflict analysis.