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Jennifer Crall

Senior Director for External Affairs

Jennifer Crall leads IRI’s efforts to build support for democracy and democracy assistance programs by sharing the stories of IRI with external stakeholders as senior director for external affairs.

Since joining the Institute in 2009, Crall has trained hundreds of democratic activists and led numerous organizational management and planning sessions for local partners around the globe. Crall has an extensive background in strategic planning, preparing candidates and parties to stand for election, developing advocacy campaigns and building sustainable civil society organizations. Her positions with the Institute include country director posts in Afghanistan and Libya, resident program officer in Iraq, and program officer for Jordan, Morocco, Lebanon and West Bank/Gaza. In addition to her program work, she served as deputy director in IRI's office of monitoring and evaluation where she encouraged the development of systems that were results-oriented and realistic to implement.

Prior to joining IRI, Crall worked in political management, strategic communications and marketing.  Her experience includes working as a special assistant for the United States Department of State, managing a 2006 congressional race, serving as deputy chief of staff to Representative Tom Latham, and working on John McCain’s 2008 presidential primary campaign. 

A proud Iowa State Cyclone, Crall has meandered through the rubble of Gadaffi’s headquarters, battled typhoid in Kabul and been chased by hippos in Kenya - all in her efforts to support democracy and human liberty in the farthest reaches of the globe.