Carter Center Extends Condolences on Passing of Member of Carter Center Team in Ethiopia

ATLANTA — The Carter Center is deeply saddened to confirm that John Marsh, a contractor responsible for managing the Center’s social media monitoring project in Ethiopia, died unexpectedly Monday, June 21, in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

John was a fierce advocate for human rights, justice, and democracy in East Africa and around the world. He worked with the Center on several important projects over the years. From 2005 to 2008, John led our efforts to support elections and democratic dialogue in Ethiopia, and in 2008 and 2009, he helped manage our election observation mission in Ghana.

John’s many friends and colleagues at the Center have been touched by his passion for social justice, his professionalism, and his personal warmth. John had an infectious laugh and a real gift for connecting with people. His empathy, generosity, and sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him.

We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones.


Contact: In Atlanta, Soyia Ellison,

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