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The National Democratic Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization working to support and strengthen democratic institutions worldwide through citizen participation, openness and accountability in government.

Shari K. Bryan

Shari Bryan  

Shari Bryan is NDI's vice president. She joined NDI in 1998 and served as senior associate and regional director of the Institute's democratic programs in Southern and East Africa from 2001 through early 2008.

Ms. Bryan has been actively involved in law, international development and foreign affairs since 1988 and has traveled extensively throughout the world. She has conducted assessments or missions to more than 30 countries during her tenure at NDI, and played a key role promoting democratic assistance programs in Africa; conceptualizing and organizing projects on political party finance; governance and HIV/AIDS; and increasing the role of legislatures in overseeing the extractive industries.

Ms. Bryan is a guest and commentator for many major news outlets including CNN and the BBC, has testified before the U.S. Congress, and has presented papers before a variety of organizations including the National Intelligence Council, the UNDP, the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA), the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID). She has has co-authored Money in Politics – A Study of Party Financing Practices in 22 Countries, published in 2005, and Transparency and Accountability in Africa’s Extractive Industries: The Role of the Legislature, published in 2007.

Before joining NDI, Ms. Bryan served as an attorney in the former UN Trust Territory of Palau, where she worked on negotiating the Compact for Free Association in 2004. She also worked as an attorney for the United States government and served with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

Selected writings and statements by Ms. Bryan: