Sondra Govatski, Director, Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening

Govatski (standing) talks with members of the Women’s Democracy Network about how to develop and write program proposals.

Sondra Govatski currently serves as director of the Consortium for Elections and Political Process Strengthening, a joint venture of the three premier organizations in the field of elections and political party process strengthening, which includes the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, IRI and the National Democratic Institute.  As the director, she oversees the administration of all awards issued to the Consortium. 

Govatski joined IRI in April 2005, as grants administrator.  In that position she was responsible for administering IRI’s grant programs with the U.S. State Department, the National Endowment for Democracy and IRI’s bi-lateral grants from the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Prior to joining IRI, Govatski served as program coordinator for the U.S. State Department’s bureau of democracy, human rights and labor from March 2002 to April 2005.  In that position she oversaw the administrative and fiscal management of economic support funds for worldwide programs.  She was instrumental in improving the bureau’s grant-making operation by introducing internal management controls and developing a system for efficient management of projects. 

Govatski also served as the program manager for the state department’s bureau of educational and cultural affairs.  While there, she managed more than $10 million of academic exchange program grants specific to Eurasia.  In addition to her work overseeing grant and budget proposals, she also planned and implemented exchange programs.

As a training specialist with the Academy for Educational Development from May 1996 to June 1998, Govatski managed Eurasia programs funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development.  She was responsible developing training programs for groups of Eurasian professionals.

Govatski earned her bachelor’s degree in Russian area studies from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts.  She has studied Russian language at the Institute of Steel and Alloys in Moscow and the Herzen Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia.