Director, East Asia
Kelly Cronen has 13 years experience managing and implementing multi-million dollar international development projects for the federal government and private sector firms. Her technical expertise focuses on combating trafficking in persons, women's empowerment, community development, and youth civic engagement. She has extensive experience protecting vulnerable groups, assisting in victim rehabilitation, and working with youth and local communities at the grassroots level and working on civil society development programs in transition countries in Eastern Europe and in Afghanistan. Her management experience includes managing and designing development programs, overseeing complex program budgets, and managing culturally diverse program staff. Ms. Cronen is currently serving as the gender and outreach advisor for a local government project in Afghanistan and director for a legislative strengthening project in Vietnam. She previously served as chief of party on a Washington D.C.-based anti-trafficking project which provided technical support to USAID Washington and USAID field missions on efforts to combat human trafficking. She also served at USAID as the Contracting Officer's technical representative and activity manager on the largest bilateral anti-trafficking portfolio in the agency, comprised of two six-year anti-trafficking projects worth $10.5 million. As a result of her efforts, she was awarded the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award for Excellence in Anti-Trafficking Work. Ms. Cronen has ten years experience living and working overseas, with seven and a half years in transition countries of Eastern Europe and the Balkans. Her field work experience includes Albania, Afghanistan, Armenia, Bulgaria, Guatemala, Kosovo, Mexico, Moldova, Slovakia, and Ukraine.