Lisa Coll is president of Eurasia Foundation. She has over 25 years of international development experience in the democracy and governance sector. Since 2001, Coll has played a key role at Eurasia Foundation, including guiding the localization of EF’s regional offices between 2004 and 2010, and spearheading the development of the Capacity Mapping Assessment tool, an organizational assessment method custom-built for EF’s partner foundations. From 1999 to 2001, Coll served as EF’s Central Asia director, based in Tashkent, overseeing a small grants program in Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
Prior to joining EF, Coll spent four years in Russia working on various development projects, including an electricity sector reform project implemented by the International Finance Corporation and a program to strengthen healthcare civil society organizations across the Russian Federation. She holds an MA in comparative and regional studies of Russia and Central Eurasia from American University’s School of International Service and a BA in Russian language and literature from the University of Michigan. Coll is proficient in Russian.