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Larry Garber is Senior Advisor to the Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning, where he supervises the Offices of Science & Technology and Learning Evaluation and Research. During the first several months of 2010, Mr. Garber led a small team, which conceptualized and stood up the PPL Bureau, and from June-August 2010 he served as the Bureau’s Acting Assistant to the Administrator.
From October 2010-July 2011, Mr. Garber was detailed to the Africa Bureau, where he served as the Agency point person for the Referendum on Southern Sudan independence, and supervised the Offices Southern African Affairs and Development Planning. And from March-August 2011, Mr. Garber led an intra-agency Middle East Strategic Planning Group, which recommended a reframing of Agency programmatic approaches in response to developments in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Mr. Garber was a senior policymaker for USAID in Washington from 1993-99, including serving nine months as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Policy and Program Coordination. He was Director of USAID's West Bank and Gaza Mission from 1999-2004.
Before rejoining USAID in November 2009, Mr. Garber served as the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund, which aims to strengthen Israel’s democracy by supporting programs that safeguard civil and human rights, bridge social and economic gaps, foster tolerance for all inhabitants, and enable different forms of religious practice to thrive. From 1982-93, Mr. Garber worked with the National Democratic Institute, the International Human Rights Law Group, and Steptoe and Johnson law firm. He also has served as a consultant on election-related matters for the Organization of American States, United Nations, and Organization of Security and Cooperation in Europe.
Mr. Garber teaches as an adjunct at the Washington College of Law and has written extensively on issues relating to human rights, democratization, election monitoring, and Palestinian political and economic development.
He is the author of the 1984 publication, Guidelines for international Election Observing, and co-editor of The New Democratic Frontier: A Country-by-Country Assessment of the 1990 Elections in Central and Eastern Europe. During 2007-08, Mr. Garber was a member of a six-person National Academies of Science expert panel, which prepared the publication Improving Democracy Assistance: Building Knowledge Through Evaluations and Research.
Mr. Garber received a bachelor’s degree from Queens College in 1976 and a joint law degree and master’s degree in international affairs from Columbia University in 1980.
Last updated: February 21, 2014