Rob O’Donovan is vice president of Eurasia Foundation. Prior to this role, O’Donovan served as senior director of programs, where he oversaw an innovative portfolio of civil society and e-governance programs in Ukraine, Russia, China, and the Middle East. He previously served as EF’s director of civic engagement and governance and director of business development, where he helped launch EF’s U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange and civil society strengthening program in Belarus. Before shifting to program development in 2010, O’Donovan served as EF’s senior program and evaluation officer in Washington, DC, where he regularly assessed the organizational capacity of EF’s legacy foundations across the Eurasia region. From 2001–2006, O’Donovan was based in Tbilisi, Georgia, and led EF’s South Caucasus Cooperation Program, a cross-border initiative strengthening connections among leading civil society organizations from the region.
O’Donovan got his start in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in southeast Kazakhstan (1996–1998) and has also worked for Chemonics International in Washington, DC. He received a BA in English literature from the University of Vermont, an MS in development management from American University, and is fluent in Russian.