Stephenie Foster has over 25 years of experience in policy advocacy, government affairs, program development and training, and law, with a focus on the critical role that women play in advancing public policy and development. Prior to joining the U.S. State Department’s Office of Global Women's Issues as a Senior Policy Advisor, she served at the U.S.
Michele A. Manatt served as Senior Policy Advisor Adviser to three Assistant Secretaries of State for Western Hemisphere Affairs from 1993-1999 and observed elections with the Organization of American States (OAS) in Peru and El Salvador, and with the National Democratic Institute (NDI) in Honduras.
Keith Klein, former IFES Director of Programs for Africa and the Middle East, talks with IFES about working on democratic development in the 1990s, and bringing his international experience to teaching.
Tell us about your time with IFES.
From childhood, Maria Luisa Charles was taught that you cannot judge a book by its cover. After acquiring a physical disability through polio, this expression became a personal maxim for the La Romana, Dominican Republic, native.
Angela Peltzer helps manage the United States Department of Labor's Office of Child Labor, Forced Labor, and Human Trafficking's (OCFT) grant portfolio in Asia as International Relations Officer.
Judith Lobos, a professor in political science and social research, has over 20 years of experience supporting electoral processes in Latin America. Her work has emphasized citizen participation and youth engagement. She collaborated with IFES in Honduras while supporting voter education efforts engaging youth and indigenous populations for the recent presidential elections.
Professor Attahiru Muhammadu Jega has served as Chairman of Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since June 2010. During his tenure, he oversaw the 2011 presidential and legislative elections, which received high praise from national and international observers.
Kathleen Cornelsen spent a summer as a legal fellow with IFES, during which time she researched laws on disability and voting. Since then, she has continued to apply her legal skills to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities.
The U.S. International Council on Disabilities (USICD) promotes the rights and full participation of persons with disabilities through global engagement and U.S. foreign affairs. USICD is currently advocating for the U.S.
How was the mood on Election Day?
The mood on Election Day was generally calm, with most people going about their daily business as usual. Most polling places opened on time and voting was smooth in most areas of the country.