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Eric Bjornlund is president, co-founder, and principal of Democracy International. A lawyer and development professional with two decades of international experience, Mr. Bjornlund has designed, managed, and evaluated democratic development programs in 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, and the Middle East.

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Glenn Cowan is CEO, co-founder, and principal of Democracy International. He is an expert on opinion research, political organizing, advocacy, legislative processes, local government, election administration and monitoring, and vote count verification. Over the past three decades, he has advised government agencies, legislatures, political parties, candidates, trade associations, and corporate and nonprofit clients in the U.S. and around the world.

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Thomas O. Melia has been Executive Director of Democracy International since March 2015. In this capacity, Mr. Melia works to elevate and project the considerable insights gained by DI’s international development work over the past 12 years. He also works to enhance DI’s close relationships with academic and professional institutions, the wider community of organizations in the U.S. and worldwide engaged in supporting democratic development, and provides technical leadership and guidance as DI continues to grow.

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Michael Baldassaro
Innovation Director
Jennifer Blitz
Senior Program Manager
Will Covey
Deputy Director of Programs
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Julia Fusfeld
Program Assistant
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Alice Guilford
Senior Program Officer
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Lucille Jan
Program Assistant
Angela Lim
Director of Accounting and Finance
Josh Linden
Program Officer
Greg Minjack
Electoral Expert for Campaigns and Political Parties
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Yemile Mizrahi
Director of Research and Analytical Services
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Dan Murphy
Director of Elections and Political Processes
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Jed Ober
Director of Programs
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James Pagano
Program Assistant
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Liza Prendergast
Deputy Director of Strategy and Business Development
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Naomi Rasmussen
Senior Program Officer
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Claire Robertson
Program Officer
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Evan Smith
Director of Operations and Strategy
May Thein
Accountant
Kris Thorpe
Senior Program Officer
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Jordan Valentine
Program Assistant

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Aman Haile
Senior Civil Society Advisor
Nick Maroukis
Security Director
Silvia Susnjic, Ph.D.
Director of Research

Bangladesh

Katie Croake
Director of Grassroots Programs
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David Dettman
Chief of Party
Haley Smith
Political Party Specialist