Laura Thornton is NDI’s resident director in Georgia, having previously served in the same capacity for the Institute in Cambodia, Thailand and Malaysia. She also designed and directed the Institute's regional program on political party reform in eight Asian countries from 2001 to 2005, during which time she co-edited and authored several chapters in Political Parties in Asia: Promoting Reform and Combating Corruption. In addition, she managed and evaluated Institute programs in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, South Korea, Sri Lanka and Timor-Leste.
Before joining NDI in 1998, Ms. Thornton worked as a consultant for the democracy and governance unit at the U.S. Agency for International Development in Phnom Penh, and as a program officer and trainer for women’s health and advocacy organizations in Thailand and the United States. Ms. Thornton earned her master’s degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School for Public and International Affairs and her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University.