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Harriet Babbitt


Co-Chair of the Board

Harriet (Hattie) Babbitt is an attorney in Washington, DC where she provides counsel at the intersection of law, policy and public interest. From 1997 to 2001 Babbitt served as Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development. As the second most senior official for U.S. foreign assistance programs, she oversaw programs in the fields of health, climate change, the environment, democratization, humanitarian relief, women's empowerment, economic growth and education. Her responsibilities included oversight of USAID efforts to assist post-conflict reconstruction in the Balkans and East Timor.

Babbitt served from 1993 to 1997 as U.S. Ambassador to the Organization of American States. While in that role she led the U.S. negotiating effort to completion of the world's first anti-corruption convention and helped strengthen the Inter-American Human Rights Commission. Ambassador Babbitt also served as a Senior Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and spent almost 20 years as a litigation attorney in Arizona. She is vice chair of the Board of the World Resources Institute (WRI), and serves on the boards of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI), the Center for Civil and Human Rights at Notre Dame University (CCHR), the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy at Georgetown University (ISD) and Population Action International (PAI). She is also a member of the member of the Council on Foreign Relations.