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Starting Monday, CGD will have a new director of the Rethinking U.S. Foreign Assistance Initiative: Connie Veillette. Connie is well-known to many of our readers from her previous role on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where she worked alongside Senator Lugar and his colleagues as the principal minority committee staff for foreign assistance, aid reform and food security issues. Connie previously worked for the Congressional Research Service analyzing the foreign aid budget, aid reform, and Latin America policy issues. She also spent twenty years working for U.S. Representative Ralph Regula (R-OH) as appropriations committee staff, press secretary and ultimately chief of staff. Connie is an adjunct professor at George Washington University and has a Ph.D. in comparative foreign politics.

I’m delighted to welcome Connie aboard and look forward to having our own fully-staffed rethinking U.S. foreign assistance team!

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