A. Heather Coyne is a senior program officer in the Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She was the chief of party for the Institutes activities in Iraq in 2003-2005.
A. Heather Coyne is a senior program officer in the Center for Mediation and Conflict Resolution. She was the chief of party for the Institute’s activities in Iraq in 2003–2005. She previously served fifteen months in Iraq as a U.S. Army Reserve civil affairs officer, assigned to the Coalition Provisional Authority as the civil society officer for the Baghdad region. Her role was to promote the establishment and growth of indigenous Iraqi non-governmental organizations, professional societies, and local citizens’ committees to support the reestablishment of civil society.
Prior to deploying, she spent sixteen months studying Arabic at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. Coyne worked for four years at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in the National Security Division, where she managed OMB’s review of federal programs to combat terrorism, defend against weapons of mass destruction, and protect critical infrastructure. In coordination with the National Security Council, she helped to develop an interagency review process for these programs.
Coyne earned a master’s in international relations and international economics from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University.
Published: Thursday, October 16, 2008
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