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Democracy Program Staff

David Carroll, Ph.D.
Director

David Carroll leads the Center's initiative on developing standards and best practices in international election observation and has managed or participated in more than 50 Carter Center projects to strengthen democracy and electoral processes.

Dr. Carroll joined The Carter Center in 1991 as assistant director of the Latin American and Caribbean Program and since 2003 has directed the Democracy Program. He received his Ph.D. in international relations from the University of South Carolina, has published articles and book chapters on development and democratization, and has taught at Georgia State University and the University of the South.

 

Alden Mahler Levine
Program Associate

Alden Mahler Levine joined the Democracy Program in May of 2013 to support the Center's ongoing project in Tunisia. Prior to coming to the Carter Center, Alden spent six years as a researcher and beat assignment editor at the CNN International Desk. She holds a BA in International Relations from Carleton College and a master's in Political Science from Emory University. Alden's thesis at Emory involved building a new dataset to examine the relationship between written commitments to gender equality and the representation of women in government. While a graduate student, she held a Metascholar Initiative Fellowship on the digital programs team in the Emory library system. Between her two degrees, Alden spent two and a half years teaching English as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Jordan.

 

Amanda Woomer
Program Associate

Amanda Woomer currently works on the program's Mining Governance project in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Amanda joined the Carter Center in early 2014, working in both Atlanta and the field as a Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant and then as an Interim Program Manager. Prior to joining the Center, Amanda was an Education & Research Intern for the Wildlife Connection in Tanzania. She has also worked as a Knowledge Manager in the for-profit sector. Amanda earned her BS in International Affairs & French from Georgia Tech and her MA in Anthropology from Georgia State. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate in International Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University and has conducted research on intercultural competency and conflict-sensitivity in NGO programming.

 

Avery Davis-Roberts
Associate Director

Avery Davis-Roberts joined The Carter Center in 2003. She currently manages the Center's Democratic Election Standards Project, which seeks to develop the criteria by which observers assess a democratic process. She supported the Center's collaborative effort with the National Democratic Institute and the U.N. Electoral Assistance Division on principles for international election observation and has worked on Carter Center election observation missions in Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East.  Before joining the Center, Ms. Davis-Roberts was a research consultant in London. She gained a joint honors bachelor's degree in Arabic and law and a Master of Laws degree (LL.M.) in international human rights law, both from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London.

 

Brett Lacy
Associate Director

Brett Lacy has worked on election observation and democratic governance projects since 1999 in more than a dozen countries. Before returning to The Carter Center in 2010, she managed  civil society, political party, conflict mitigation, media, women's participation, and legislative-strengthening programs for the National Democratic Institute in West Africa. She has also worked with International Foundation for Electoral Systems, International IDEA, and the International Organization for Migration to contribute to the development of standards for the participation of refugees and internally displaced persons in post-conflict elections.

Ms. Lacy previously served at The Carter Center from 2000 – 2003, where she contributed to programming in Timor-Leste, Nicaragua, Guyana, and Zambia as well as the Center's Democratic Election Standards program as an assistant program coordinator. She earned a bachelor's degree in political science from Duke University and a master's degree in international administration from the University of Denver's Graduate School of International Studies.

 

Chloe Bordewich
Program Associate

Chloe Bordewich joined The Carter Center in 2013. She currently works on the Democratic Election Standards (DES) and elections-focused DRC projects. She previously worked on the Center's programming in Egypt and supported the Madagascar project. Chloe holds a BA in Near Eastern Studies from Princeton University and pursued postgraduate Arabic studies on fellowship at the American University in Cairo. She also has worked as an Arabic translator.

 

Connie Moon Sehat, Ph.D.
Associate Director

Connie Moon Sehat focuses on Information and Communications Technology (ICT) related initiatives in the Democracy Program. She earned her bachelor's degree from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. at Rice University, specializing in technological culture across Cold War Germany. Dr. Sehat brings various computer science experience, such as developing software for a Lockheed Martin/NASA International Space Station project. With this professional background and doctoral training, she previously addressed the intersection of technology and social scientific research at George Mason and Emory universities. Dr. Sehat joined The Carter Center in 2013.

 

Daniel Bruce
Program Associate

Daniel Bruce supports the implementation of the Democracy Program's election observation mission in Tunisia. He formerly provided assistance for the development and operations of ELMO, the Carter Center's data collection platform for election monitoring. Before joining the center, Mr. Bruce worked as an intern for USAID Bureau for Africa in the Office of Sustainable Development and as a Supplemental Instructor for Microeconomics at Georgia State University. He is a recent graduate from Georgia State University where he earned a Master of Arts degree in Economics and holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia. His professional and academic interests include the relationship between political institutions and economic growth as well as the impacts of technological innovation in international development.

 

Elijiah Lewien
Program Associate

Elijiah Lewien joined The Carter Center-Atlanta office in 2013 and currently works on the ELMO project. He previously focused on the Democratic Election Standards (DES) and Nepal projects. Elijiah came to Atlanta after working for The Carter Center on the peace process and constitution drafting and monitoring mission in Nepal as a long-term observer (LTO) and research coordinator and in Kenya as an LTO. Elijiah also has experience working on several missions for the National Democratic Institute, OSCE-ODIHR, and IFES in the Balkans and Eastern Europe. As a Fulbright scholar, he studied the constitution drafting process in Nepal and wider political transition processes in South Asia. Elijiah graduated with a bachelor's degree in Political Science from the great University of Wisconsin.

 

Elizabeth Plachta
Senior Program Associate

Elizabeth Plachta works on the program's  Democratic Election Standards project and related elections-focused efforts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.  Elizabeth has been with the Center since 2010 and has supported election observation missions in Libya, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Sudan. Prior to joining the Carter Center, Elizabeth was a consultant for the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, where her work included assisting with programming efforts on prison reform in Southern Sudan, supporting a counter-piracy program in Kenya, and participating in prison and security sector assessment missions in Southern Sudan and Ghana. While in law school, Elizabeth focused primarily on international and human rights law and was involved in international law practica on women's rights in Tanzania, rule of law in Liberia, and international criminal tribunals. Elizabeth earned a joint BS in International Affairs and Spanish from Georgia Tech and her JD from Washington and Lee University, School of Law.

 

Erika Lee
Program Assistant

Erika Lee joined The Carter Center in 2010 and currently offers logistical and administrative support to the Democracy Program's projects as a Program Assistant.  Before 2014, she devoted most of her time to administrative and logistical support for The Carter Center's Human Rights House and Governance projects in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and the Human Rights Defenders Initiative.  Erika has her BA in History and Classical Culture and her master's in Nonprofit Organizations with a focus on arts administration both of which she received from the University of Georgia.

 

Erin Crysler
Associate Director

Erin Crysler currently manages the Human Rights House and Mining Governance projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She joined The Carter Center as an intern in 2007. As an assistant program coordinator, she worked on the 2008 election observation mission in Ghana and a capacity building initiative for African Union election observers. Prior to joining the Center, she was a Peace Corps volunteer in Benin focused on secondary education, gender equality and AIDS awareness. Erin earned her bachelor's degree in English from the University of Georgia and her Master of Science in International Affairs from Georgia Tech.

 

Jonathan Stonestreet
Associate Director

Jonathan Stonestreet joined The Carter Center in September 2014. Previously, Jonathan was the Senior Election Adviser with the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights in Warsaw, Poland. From 1997 to 2003, he worked on democracy and human rights issues as part of the OSCE's field mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina. He has also worked as an election consultant in various countries including Albania, Algeria, Kazakhstan, Nepal, Tunisia, and Ukraine.

Jonathan earned his bachelor's degree in Government and Philosophy from the College of William and Mary in 1987 and a master's diploma in International Humanitarian Assistance from Deusto University in Bilbao, Spain in 1996. 

 

Kelly Lugbill
Program Associate

Kelly Lugbill began working at The Carter Center in April 2014. She currently works on the Center's Human Rights House and Mining Governance projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo. She also volunteers as a translator for UNICEF's office in Kinshasa, DRC. Prior to joining TCC, Kelly worked at the Project on Middle East Democracy in Washington, D.C., where she primarily focused on Tunisia's democratic transition. She received her Bachelor of Arts in French and History from the University of Virginia.

 

Sarah K. Johnson
Associate Director

Sarah K. Johnson manages democratic governance and election observation activities for the Carter Center, and has had a principle focus on the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region for over a decade. Prior to joining the Center, she implemented political party programming in Morocco and the oPt, and conducted campaign strategy and survey research in the US, Middle East and Europe. She has professional experience in political party building, communications, women's political participation, and public opinion research. Ms. Johnson served as a resident country director for the MENA division of the International Republican Institute, a senior analyst for Greenberg Quinlin Rosner and a White House Intern. Ms. Johnson holds a Master of Science degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a master's degree in European sciences from the Humboldt and Frei universities in Berlin, Germany. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

 

Travis Linger
Program Associate

Travis Linger began working at The Carter Center in 2014 and currently works on the Myanmar project. Originally from Buckhannon, West Virginia, Travis has been involved with various non-profits in Denver and Seattle including Outdoor Youth Connections and International Rescue Committee. In 2011 he worked for a nonviolence education center in northern India while also teaching English and math to Tibetan refugees. The following year Travis spent his honeymoon working with Karenni refugees along the Thai-Burma border. Travis earned a bachelor's degree in History from Shepherd University and a master's degree in International Studies from the University of Denver.

 

Tynesha Green
Program Assistant

Tynesha Green has been the Democracy Program's program assistant since 1997 and provides logistical and administrative support to the program and its election missions. She has served on Carter Center missions to Nigeria, Timor-Leste, Indonesia, Mozambique, Guyana, Zambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Kenya.

She attended the University of California at Riverside, where she majored in economics with a minor in administrative studies. Ms. Green previously worked at the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation in the asset disposition department.

 

William Hassall
Program Associate

William Hassall is a Program Associate within The Carter Center's Democracy Program. Hailing from Atlantic City, New Jersey, Hassall acquired his bachelor's degree in Historical Studies from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey before attending the University of Glasgow where he received his Master in Science in Human Rights and International Politics, a degree which focused on global human rights from a legal as well as a political perspective. His degree culminated with the production of his thesis, which focused on perspectives of justice within the Great Lakes Region in the years following the Rwandan genocide. Since 2009, he has worked largely with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and The Carter Center within the democratization and human rights fields in the Balkans, Caucuses, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Sub-Saharan Africa.