Barbara Broomell

Senior Program Officer, MENA
Expertise: Women

Barbara Broomell serves as a Senior Program Officer for the Middle East & North Africa at CIPE. In this capacity, she leads CIPE’s capacity building and advocacy support for business coalitions, business associations, economic think tanks, and chambers of commerce in Iraq and the Gulf. Throughout her career, Barbara has moderated and conducted campaign management, communications, coalition building, issues advocacy, good governance and accountability, leadership and strategic planning training programs for democratic political and civic activists, business leaders, local elected officials and parliamentary and campaign staff. She has worked extensively with marginalized sectors of society including women, youth, and persons with disabilities.

Prior to her position at CIPE, Barbara served for nearly 20 years at the International Republican Institute (IRI), holding temporary and long-term postings in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Jordan, Mongolia, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, and Washington, DC. She also held senior management positions as Executive Director for IRI’s Arab Women’s Leadership Program, Deputy Director for the Institute’s Middle East and North Africa Division, and Deputy Director for IRI’s Women’s Democracy Network.

Barbara has also observed national and local elections in 11 countries in Asia, Eurasia, Europe, and the Middle East and North Africa.

In addition to her experience in the democracy and governance field, Barbara served in the Administration of President George W. Bush as Confidential Assistant in the Office of the Director of the U.S. Peace Corps. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian and International Studies in 1996 from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and successfully completed the American University’s Campaign Management School in May 2000. Barbara is currently completing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Institute for Organization Management.