Bridget Millman is a program officer with the Balkan Trust for Democracy, a project of the German Marshall Fund of the United States. She has been actively engaged in developing strategies, managing grantmaking, and connecting local actors in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to better link citizens with their governments and to promote regional cooperation and collaboration. As a democracy assistance practitioner and analyst, specializing in civil society in the Western Balkans and post-Soviet space, Millman’s research has examined unintended consequences of development aid, local ownership in transitioning democracies, public participation in policy-making, and post-Communist politics. Millman holds master’s degrees in political science from Central European University and international development and social change from Clark University.
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