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Sharon Morris
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State
Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations
Term of Appointment: 02/26/2015 to present

Sharon Morris is Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern, Western Hemisphere and European Affairs in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO).

Deputy Assistant Secretary Morris has more than 25 years of experience designing and implementing conflict management and stabilization programs in Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq, Nigeria, and Somalia. Previously, she served as senior advisor to the acting president at the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), where she was the Jennings Randolph senior fellow from 2013 to 2014, conducting research on civilian assistance in fragile states using peacebuilding and development.

Prior to joining USIP, Dr. Morris directed Mercy Corps’ Youth & Conflict Management Office from 2008-2013. In 2007, she worked at the State Department as the senior advisor for Darfur to the Special Envoy for Sudan. In 2006, she served as the director of the Provincial Reconstruction Team Program in USAID/Afghanistan, and as the development advisor to the Commanding General of Combined Joint Task Force-76, the headquarters for U.S. military operations in Afghanistan. From 2003 -2005, she was the senior advisor in the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at USAID, where she headed the team responsible for providing support to conflict programs in USAID missions.

Prior to joining USAID, she worked in the Program on Global Security and Sustainability at the John D. and Catherine MacArthur Foundation. She holds a Ph.D. and Master’s Degree from the University of Chicago.

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