Lisa Dickieson is senior vice president for programs. Before joining Freedom House, she was head of the Democracy and Governance Practice at Chemonics International. She was the first Director of the Asia Law Initiative of the American Bar Association (ABA) which, with funding from the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and other sources, fostered more efficient, fair, and transparent justice systems across the region. She also directed legal reform programs for the ABA in Africa and Eastern Europe. Previously an attorney with the Washington law firm of Steptoe & Johnson, She is an honors graduate of Wellesley College and George Washington University Law School.