Lisa Petter is a Senior Associate at SUNY/CID and the Project Director for the USAID-funded Strengthening Governmental Institutions and Processes (SGIP) activity in Bosnia and Herzegovina, her second major activity in BiH. She previously served as Project Director for SUNY/CID’s parliamentary work in Bangladesh and in Kenya. An experienced democracy and governance professional, Ms. Petter brings particular expertise in the conceptualization, design, and oversight of technical assistance programs which support governance institutions and promote the development of civil society. She has designed or overseen U.S. government-funded assistance and exchange activities in the areas of legislative strengthening and political processes, local governance, civil society development, workers' rights, independent media, and rule of law. In addition to working closely with international governmental organizations, local CSOs, and public and private donors in Central and Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union, she also has served with USAID Missions in Russia and Croatia. Ms. Petter holds an M.A. in English literature from the University of Pittsburgh and graduated from Barnard College with a B.A. in foreign area studies (Russia). She is fluent in Russian.