Deborah Harding

Deborah Harding

Board Member

    Deborah is a board member of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf presidential foundation and president of the Liberian Education Trust, a grantmaking foundation set up to support the restoration of basic education in Liberia following 14 years of civil war there. She worked for roughly half her career in Africa on grassroots development principally with the Peace Corps and on human rights and democracy building. She spent 9 years as the Vice President of the Soros/Open Society Institute until her retirement in 2005. Prior to joining Soros, she was the program officer for Political Development in Central and Eastern Europe at the German Marshall Fund. Deborah ran several US NGOs including the Cambodia Crisis Center, a project of Roselyn Carter and Father Ted Hesburgh; the Peace Corps Institute; and in 1985 was co-founder of the Network for Human Rights in Liberia, a successful campaign to keep alive imprisoned national political leader Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Deborah is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. She received the Knight’s Cross, Order of Merit from the president of Poland for support to its democracy; and also the Dame Grand Commander, Humane Order of African Redemption from Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.