Beverly G. Hagerdon, Senior Congressional Liaison
Beverly G. Hagerdon, the International Foundation for Electoral Systems' (IFES) senior congressional liaison, has nearly 23 years of experience working in the election field, including in Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, Iraq, the Maldives, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand.
Hagerdon leads IFES’ congressional affairs portfolio, bringing valuable technical and field perspectives to IFES’ representation on Capitol Hill. She is well positioned to raise awareness among members of the United States Congress on the importance of IFES’ mission, particularly in the context of United States government funding, and provide critical context about the impact and successes of IFES’ programming on the ground.
Prior to this new assignment, Hagerdon was IFES’ senior country director in Sri Lanka and previously served as country director in the Maldives, Philippines and Bosnia and Herzegovina. As senior electoral expert, Hagerdon contributed to ongoing programming in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Papua New Guinea while also giving presentations on electoral reform issues in Indonesia and South Africa. She liaised with the National Election Commission of South Korea on the Association of World Election Bodies, while also working in support of regional election bodies such as the Association of Central and Eastern European Election Officials and the Association of Asian Electoral Authorities.
Hagerdon began her career in election administration and management with the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's Mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina in 1997. She also served as head of operations for the International Organization for Migration's "Out-of-Country Registration and Voting Program" for the Afghanistan presidential election in 2004, as well as senior operations officer for the "Out-of-Country Voting Program" for the Iraqi national elections in 2005. She has observed elections in Armenia, Croatia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines and the United States.