Sharon Van Pelt has worked globally for over 20 years on good governance, civil society and transparency. She has liaised with a wide array of actors in highly sensitive political situations in Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Eastern Europe, focused specifically on political dialogue and consensus-building and public oversight through collaborative, multi-sector partnerships. In 2002, she was awarded the USAID Meritorious Honor Award for her contributions to advancing policy dialogue and reform in the areas of decentralization and transparency in a difficult political environment. Ms. Van Pelt has served as principal governance advisor for USAID, GIZ, UNDP and others, including dialogue with political parties, legislative officials, mayors, and other key actors at all levels. She served as chief of party for an MCC-funded civil society and media project in Moldova, directed FHI360’s governance programs throughout the world including major counter-extremism and peace-building programs in francophone Africa, and currently serves as the Director of the Democracy and Governance Practice at Chemonics International.