Heather Harms

Foreign Affairs Officer, State Department, Office of Foreign Assistance Resources

Heather Harms is a Foreign Affairs Officer in the Department of State’s Office of U.S. Foreign Assistance Resources (F) where she is responsible for advising Department leadership on the use of foreign assistance related to civilian security, rule of law, and governance, a portfolio of approximately $1 billion annually.   In that capacity, she also facilitates interagency coordination related to atrocities prevention, trafficking in persons, and transnational organized crime foreign assistance issues.  In addition to her work in F, Ms. Harms has served in the Department’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), managing foreign assistance programs to strengthen the criminal justice system – including law enforcement, justice sector, and corrections – in Afghanistan, Liberia, and Morocco. Prior to joining the Department, she worked in Kosovo as a Law Fellow for the Public International Law and Policy Group, engaging with civil society groups to identify and propose reforms in the criminal justice system. Ms. Harms holds a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of Washington.