J Alexander Thier
Task Force Co-Director, Senior Democracy Fellow (Non-resident) at Freedom House
Alex Thier is Co-Director of the Task Force on U.S. Strategy to Support Democracy and Counter Authoritarianism, Senior Democracy Fellow at Freedom House, and a Senior Advisor at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He served as ninth Executive Director of the Overseas Development Institute in London, a leading global think tank. He was appointed by President Obama to serve as chief of USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning from 2013-15, and as chief of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs from 2010-2013. He worked previously at the US Institute of Peace, the UN, and Oxfam and has published widely.