Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI), USAID
Stephen is a seasoned contingency operations specialist, having long worked on post-conflict political transition, emergency response and stability operations. He currently serves as the Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Office of Transition Initiatives (OTI) in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. Immediately prior, he was Chief of OTI’s Field Programs Division supervising five regional and 15 country teams, and was previously an OTI Regional Team Lead overseeing the Asia/Middle East region. Before joining OTI, he worked for a decade for the International Organization for Migration (IOM), including serving as the Head of the IOM’s Community Stabilization Unit, and as the primary liaison with the U.S. Government for U.S.-funded IOM emergency and post-conflict stabilization operations worldwide. Stephen is married with two children. He has a BA in Political Science and Philosophy from Southern Illinois University, an MA in English Literature from the University of Rhode Island and a Masters in International Affairs from Colombia University.