Shea Garrison, PhD is Vice President for International Affairs for Concerned Women for America (CWA) in Washington, D.C., focusing on U.S. foreign policy and aid, women’s empowerment, religious freedom, and human rights. She is also Affiliated Faculty and Policy Fellow at George Mason University Schar School of Policy and Government, and Senior Policy Fellow at the American Council on Women, Peace, and Security.

Dr. Garrison publishes a policy paper for CWA called The Counterpoint and writes op-eds for major media outlets such as National Review, The Washington Times, The Federalist, Washington Examiner, and The Hill. She speaks regularly on national TV (OAN One America News) and radio (Buck Sexton Show), and to venues such as Wilson Center for International Scholars, the Heritage Foundation, U.S. Department of State and the Foreign Services Institute.

Dr. Garrison has traveled extensively throughout the Middle East, Africa, and Latin America delivering capacity building and training assistance to international partners. She has hands-on experience with project design and management, budgeting, recruitment, and grants management. She is schooled in USAID programming and policies has worked with a variety of international donors including World Bank, Exxon, FedEx, and Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science.  She is an expert in women’s empowerment, entrepreneurship, private sector development, poverty reduction, and workforce development especially within the Middle East, Africa, and Gulf Cooperation Council countries. She is proficient in the design and implementation of monitoring and evaluation systems, in the analysis of economic indicators and causal models, and in the design and implementation of research projects including in quantitative and qualitative methods.

Dr. Garrison holds a Ph.D. and M.S. from Tulane University in International Development, where she was adjunct faculty in 2015.  In 2014, she was Visiting Research Fellow at the Center for Gulf Studies at the American University of Kuwait. She is a board member of Bethany House of Northern Virginia, and she and her husband of 22 years reside in the Washington, D.C. area.

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