Christopher T. Foley, MA

Chris has worked for the National Democratic Institute (NDI)’s Middle East and North Africa (MENA) team as the deputy regional director since 2004 and has managed field operations and program implementation throughout the region. He has developed expertise in local governance and administrative processes as well as election-day related policies and processes. Mr. Foley represents NDI’s MENA interests at a variety of venues and to a wide range of audiences and meets with senior level government officials in the US and around the MENA region. He is also responsible for the overall recruitment strategy for the MENA team in DC and its many field offices.

Prior to NDI, Mr. Foley was a senior analyst for Los Angeles County, California (1997 to 2003) and provided policy advice and support to the chief administrative officer and  board of supervisors on matters relating to the decennial census and redistricting process, redevelopment and community development initiatives, and the provision of county services to citizens in unincorporated areas. Mr. Foley also held the position of governance and housing advisor to the USAID mission in Moscow, Russia from 1994 to 1996 and managed a multi-year, multi-million dollar contract providing support and financial management expertise to local governments throughout Russia.

Mr. Foley earned a master’s degree in public administration from the California State University, Fullerton in 2000 and a BA in American history from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont in 1985.


  • MA, California State University, Fullerton
  • BA, St. Michael’s College
Christopher T. Foley, MA

SIT Graduate Institute

Affiliated Faculty

MA in Sustainable Development

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