Brenda Barrett has supported political stabilization and peace-building programs in 25 countries, and brings more than 20 years of experience working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), international nongovernmental organizations, the Peace Corps, and the United Nations, as well as in academia. From 2003 to 2005 she served as the Regional Program Manager for the USAID Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) program in Sri Lanka, where she launched and managed the first USAID project office in northeastern Sri Lanka shortly after a ceasefire was declared in the country’s civil war. Brenda also served as Chief of Party for an OTI project in Lebanon, where she oversaw a small grants program that worked to mitigate conflict associated with the Syrian refugee crisis. She speaks French and Spanish.



Erica Berkenpas

Erica Berkenpas has spent the past 10 plus years working at the intersection of transition, stabilization, resilience, countering violent extremism, and governance.

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