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Joe Brinker - U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)

Joe Brinker
Senior Advisor, Democracy & Governance
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Washington, D.C.
Mobile: +1 571-217-6262

Member: WNG Board of Advisors
Member: WNG International Roundtable Steering Committee

Most recently, Joe Brinker was the head of political affairs for the OSCE Mission in Kosovo, where he managed a 12-person Office of Political Affairs for the largest mission in the OSCE with over 900 personnel.  With the election of Barack Obama as president of the United States, Joe also completed a year and a half serving as an advisor to the South Asia and Europe foreign policy teams of the Obama presidential campaign.

Prior to an intervening consultancy advising the establishment of an economic competitiveness fund in Islamabad, Joe headed the UN/JEMB election office in Jalalabad, Afghanistan.  Before working for the UN, Joe provided election management services for IOM, first serving as chief of transport for the Afghan OCRV project in Pakistan and then as the reporting officer in the US Country Office for the Iraqi National Assembly OCV project. The former was the largest-ever refugee voting project, with 850,000 Afghans casting their votes.

Earlier in his career, Joe served on the headquarters management team of the OSCE mission to Skopje. The personnel under his administration carried out diplomatic efforts to strengthen the resolution process following the armed conflict that occurred in the Republic of Macedonia. Joe came to headquarters from the mission's rapidly-expanding Tetovo office, where he guided reporting and logistics and liaised with government officials and former insurgents on confidence building initiatives.

Before joining the OSCE, Joe held the positions of client editor and senior analyst with Intellibridge Corporation, an Internet-based consulting firm founded by former Clinton administration officials David Rothkopf and Tony Lake. At Intellibridge, Joe led a team of analysts in providing international macroeconomic and sectoral research for clients. He came to Intellibridge from the Direct Selling Association (DSA). There, as manager of international relations, he assisted multinational companies with international business development and represented clients' interests before US and foreign government officials and media. Joe began his career by helping to found the international NGO Students for Czechoslovakia (SFC).
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