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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.

Robin Carnahan

Robin Carnahan is the former secretary of state of Missouri. Since she was first elected in 2004, Ms. Carnahan has focused on protecting consumers, cracking down on financial fraud, cutting costs and red-tape for businesses, and ensuring fair elections. She has modernized and improved Missouri’s elections system by implementing its first statewide voter registration system, creating the Missouri Voting Rights Center, and launching a new interactive election results website. In the historic 2008 election cycle, she served as co-chair of the Elections Committee for the bi-partisan National Association of Secretaries of State.

Prior to entering politics, Ms. Carnahan served at the Export-Import Bank of the United States where she explored innovative ways to help American companies increase their sale of goods and services abroad.

After the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ms. Carnahan worked in Central and Eastern Europe with NDI to draft voting laws, train new political leaders and monitor elections. Since that time, she has traveled to more than 20 countries on behalf of the Institute and recently co-led NDI’s international observation delegation to Nigeria’s April 2011 presidential election.