If you are an active practitioner in the field of international development, ... the SID Washington, D.C. Chapter is a 'must' group for you. No other organization follows the unfolding events of development as closely or completely...

- Jim Kolbe, Senior Transatlantic Fellow, Transatlantic Taskforce on Development, German Marshall Fund

I joined SID-Washington because it offers a collaborative platform for sharing good ideas, strategic relationships and innovative solutions that are critical for developing effective responses to the challenges of globalization.

- Kristi Ragan, Strategic Advisor to USAID Global Development Alliance, DAI

I am very grateful to SID-Washington. As a 30-year member of the organization, I applaud SID-Washington’s commitment, to airing multiple perspectives on controversial and timely issues...SID-Washington’s proven ability to assemble diverse groups and fine minds to discuss and debate important issues with passion and mutual respect is an enormous contribution.

-Larry Cooley, President, Management Systems International

Tomas Bridle, Democracy Fellow at USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance

Tomas Bridle co-chairs the SID-Washington Workgroup on Democracy, Rights, and Governance. He is a Democracy Fellow at USAID’s Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, where his work focuses on legislative strengthening and impact evaluation. He previously held senior positions with responsibility for design, management and evaluation of governance programs at DAI and the National Democratic Institute. As a consultant on governance programs from July 2012 to April 2014 he completed 12 assignments in 8 countries for 9 different clients. His practical and political approach to governance is grounded in experience on US Congress and Senate legislative staff and political campaigns. He was an advisor to Czechoslovakia’s president Vaclav Havel in 1991-92, and graduated with honors from UC Berkeley and the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

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