Larry Garber

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Larry Garber is an independent consultant with more than 35 years of experience working on issues relating to international development, democratic elections, and human rights. He served for 15 years as a senior official with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), including five years as mission director for USAID/West Bank-Gaza. From 2004-2009, he was Chief Executive Officer at the New Israel Fund and, more recently, has consulted with The Carter Center, National Democratic Institute, Civilians in Conflict, and other non-governmental organizations.

Mr. Garber taught for two years at the National Defense University’s Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy and currently teaches as an adjunct faculty at George Washington and Arizona State Universities. He has published on a wide range of subjects, including critiquing USAID policy, developing guidelines for international election observing, promoting election reforms in the United States, and preventing election violence. Most recently, he co-authored a major USAID-funded research report, which examined how four approaches — co-creation; engaging new and nontraditional actors via the New Partnerships Initiative (NPI); convening power; and integrated programming — relate to USAID operations and objectives.

Mr. Garber received joint law and international affairs degrees from Columbia University.  He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the National Task Force on Election Crises, and serves on the boards of the Election Reformers Network and Friends of Givat Haviva. He is also on LinkedIn.

The views expressed are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of any organization with which he has been affiliated. 


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