Barbara Haig

Deputy to the President for Policy & Strategy

Barbara Haig joined the Endowment in the spring of 1985 and, in her last position as Vice President for Program Planning and Evaluation, led the dramatic growth of the NED’s Grants Program, which included management of the programmatic development, monitoring and evaluation of the Endowment’s worldwide grant making efforts. In the past decade, she has overseen a vast expansion of NED’s program in the Arab Middle East, especially Iraq, and Afghanistan. In 2009, Ms. Haig became Deputy to the President for Policy and Strategy, which allows her to continue providing strategic and policy direction to the grant making effort of the NED, and to advise the NED President and Board regarding broader institutional strategies that will further advance the goals of the grants program.

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Haig oversaw the development and implementation of several large and complex democracy programs funded by the United States Government in South Africa, Nicaragua and Central and Eastern Europe. She is a widely recognized expert in the field of democracy promotion and has a deep understanding of the historical aspects and strengths of the Endowment. From 1981 to 1985, Haig was Special Assistant to the Associate Director of Programs, and then to the Director, of the United States Information Agency. She is a graduate of Georgetown University and has studied or worked in Latin America, Western and Eastern Europe, Asia and Africa.