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Bobby Herman has returned to MSI as Senior Vice President, Programs after more than a dozen years at Freedom House, where he oversaw the democracy, human rights and governance programs portfolio - largely funded by USAID and the State Department - for most of that time. He served in the Clinton Administration, first at USAID focused on political transition in Central/Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, and later on the policy planning staff working as an advisor to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright on democracy and human rights globally. Bobby previously held positions with the Open Society Foundation, the Brookings Institution and as a congressional staff member. He has been involved in projects in more than 50 countries.

Bobby earned his PhD in government with a concentration on international relations from Cornell University and an MFA from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School. His dissertation explored the political and intellectual origins of the Gorbachev revolution and involved extensive research in the Soviet Union in the early 1990s.