As the senior director of programs, Rob O’Donovan is responsible for an innovative portfolio of civil society and eGovernance programs in Ukraine, Russia, and the Middle East. Mr. O’Donovan previously served as EF's director of business development, helping to launch EF’s social expertise exchange between Russia and the U.S. and the Foundation’s civil society strengthening program in Belarus. Before shifting to program development in 2010, Mr. O’Donovan served as EF’s senior program and evaluation officer in Washington, D.C., regularly assessing the organizational capacity of EF’s legacy foundations across the Eurasia region. From 2001–2006, Mr. O’Donovan was based in Tbilisi, Georgia, and led EF’s South Caucasus Cooperation Program, a cross-border initiative strengthening connections among leading civil society organizations from the region. Mr. O’Donovan got his start in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in southeast Kazakhstan (1996 – 1998) and has also worked for Chemonics International in Washington, D.C.. He received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in development management from American University, and is fluent in Russian.