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Maryanne Yerkes serves as USAID’s interim youth coordinator and as a senior civil society specialist in the Agency’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance. Her areas of expertise include youth engagement, civil society development, and peacebuilding and conflict resolution.
During her nine years with USAID, Yerkes has played a key role in intra-agency initiatives such as the Civilian Response Corps and in the Agency’s Implementation and Procurement Reform. She has also played a major role in leading Agency efforts to explore how technological tools, such as serious games, can strengthen youth engagement and other development programs. In addition, she served as one of the primary points of contact on youth issues within the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance.
Prior to joining USAID, Yerkes worked with several NGOs and research institutes focused on peacebuilding and development, including the United States Institute of Peace, the Balkan Action Council and Pax Christi International, where she served as international youth coordinator.
In 2001, Yerkes received a National Security Education Program fellowship to conduct research on transitional justice issues in the Balkans and, in particular, on youth efforts to come to terms with the wartime past. She holds a Master’s Degree in international peace and conflict resolution from American University and a Bachelor’s Degree in international studies and French from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Last updated: November 06, 2013