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Lorne Craner has been a leader at the nexus of government and the international non-profit sector for over 30 years. In government, as an Assistant Secretary of State, he is credited with reorienting his Bureau for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor from analyzing issues to better addressing and solving them. He previously served as a National Security Council Director of Asian Affairs, as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, in the House and Senate as a foreign policy legislative assistant, and on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Board of Directors.

Craner’s non-profit experience includes building the International Republican Institute into an internationally respected sectoral leader during two separate terms as its President, and serving most recently as CEO of the American Councils for International Education.

A recipient of the State Department’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Medal, Craner is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves on the boards of the American Academy of Diplomacy, the Institute for War and Peace Reporting and IREX. Craner graduated from Reed College (BA) and Georgetown University (MA).

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