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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 20 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.

 

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's in International Affairs from Georgia Tech.

 

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.

 

Sarah K. Johnson
Associate Director

Sarah Johnson helps implement democracy-strengthening programs around the world, including the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and other regions. In previous roles, she designed, implemented, and managed democracy and governance programming in Morocco and the Occupied Palestinian Territory and has professional experience working on political party building, communications, women's political participation, and public opinion research across the MENA region, Europe, and the United States.

Prior to joining the Center, Ms. Johnson served as a resident country director for the Middle East/North Africa division of the International Republican Institute and was a senior analyst for Greenberg Quinlin Rosner. She is an expert on political outreach and survey research. 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Chloe Bordewich
Program Associate

Chloe Bordewich joined The Carter Center in 2013. She currently works on the Democratic Election Standards (DES) and DRC projects. She previously focused on Egypt and supported the Madagascar project. Chloe holds a bachelor's degree 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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Traci M. Boyd
Program Assistant

Traci Boyd joined the Democracy Program in 2011 and provides administrative support to the program and its election observation missions. She graduated from the University of Georgia, where she majored in family and consumer science with a minor in chemistry. Before joining The Carter Center, Ms. Boyd previously served as an operations analyst for the Georgia Department of Human Services and the Georgia Department of Education, an educator with the Chatham County School System, and a chemist with BP (formerly Amoco Fabrics & Fibers Division).

 

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.