Alison Giffen is currently serving as CIVIC’s interim Senior Director of Programs and previously served as Director of CIVIC’s United Nations portfolio. Prior to joining CIVIC, she served as the Senior Advisor for UN Peacekeeping with the US State Department’s International Organizations Affairs Bureau where she contributed to the drafting of the 2015 Presidential Policy Memorandum on U.S. Support to UN Peace Operations and helped to facilitate its implementation across the US government. From 2009-15, she was a senior associate at the Stimson Center, where she co-directed the Future of Peace Operations Program and founded the Protecting Civilians in Conflict project. While at Stimson, she traveled often to undertake independent and UN-commissioned reviews of UN peace operations. Alison has also worked for Oxfam GB in Sudan, monitoring peacekeeping operations and coordinating NGO policy and advocacy initiatives; worked at the Open Society Institute to promote constructive US global engagement in multilateral forums; and worked on human rights and international humanitarian law in Sierra Leone and Colombia. Alison earned a Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs, and a Bachelor’s degree in diplomacy and world affairs from Occidental College. 

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