Diana Ohlbaum


DianaDiana Ohlbaum is a foreign policy specialist and Capitol Hill veteran, having served for many years as a Professional Staff Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She led the effort to comprehensively rewrite and reform the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961, fought successful battles against elimination of USAID and in favor of debt relief for poor countries, championed expansion of human rights laws, and rewrote statutory guidelines for monitoring and approval of arms transfers. From 1999-2001 she served as Deputy Director of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, a cutting-edge unit designed to advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries. She also worked as Director of Public Policy for InterAction, an alliance of NGOs engaged in humanitarian relief and international development. Dr. Ohlbaum holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Russian Studies from Amherst College. She is a senior associate with the CSIS Project on Prosperity and Development and heads an independent consulting firm, DLO Global LLC, which provides legislative and political strategy for sustainable human security.

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