CIP Board of Directors
  • Diana Ohlbaum secretary

Diana Ohlbaum is an independent consultant, a senior associate with the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Project on Prosperity and Development, and a principal of Turner4D strategic communications firm. 

During her nearly 20 years on Capitol Hill, where she was a senior professional staff member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, she conducted oversight of foreign assistance programs and coordinated efforts to overhaul the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.  From 1999-2001 she served as Deputy Director of USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives, a cutting-edge unit designed to advance peace and democracy in priority conflict-prone countries.  She also worked as Director of Public Policy for InterAction, an alliance of NGOs engaged in humanitarian relief and international development. 

Dr. Ohlbaum currently serves as a member of the executive committee of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, as well as co-chair of its Accountability Working Group, and is an expert contributor to  She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Johns Hopkins University and a B.A. in Russian studies from Amherst College.