Larry Garber

Board Member, Election Reformers Network; Former US Agency for International Development

Larry Garber is an independent consultant, with more than 35 years of experience on election related work.  Previously, he served on the faculty of the National Defense University, a senior policy-maker at the US Agency for International Development (USAID), mission director for USAID’s West Bank/Gaza program and as the Chief Executive Officer of the New Israel Fund.


In 1984, he authored Guidelines for International Election Observing, which transformed election observation from a casual process with limited structure into a rigorous discipline.  Most recently, he served as country director for Carter Center election missions in Sierra Leone (2018) and Zimbabwe (2022-2023), and as the NDI co-director of the 2018 Zimbabwe International Election Observer Mission.


Larry has contributed chapters to several edited books and prepared articles, book reviews and blogs on issues relating to international development, democracy promotion, human rights, and election reform. Currently, Larry serves as a member of the National Task Force on Election Crises, and on the Boards of Friends of Givat Haviva and Election Reformers Network. Mr. Garber has a JD/Master in International Affairs from Columbia University and a BA from Queens College.