Greg Gisvold

Director, Governance and Rule of Law

Greg Gisvold is Director, Governance and Rule of Law, at Democracy International. A former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, Mr. Gisvold is a senior rule of law and security sector reform expert with two decades of experience in complex governance challenges in unstable and developing regions for USAID and other funders. Mr. Gisvold has an extensive track record providing technical assistance to and managing programs funded by the US Agency for International Development (USAID), the Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, and the UK Department for International Development. His programs have focused on judicial and legal institutional reform, government service delivery, accountability mechanisms, and public engagement with policy. Mr. Gisvold has led security and justice programs for both major international development organizations and niche implementers. For Chemonics and DAI, Mr. Gisvold provided intellectual and business development leadership on a wide portfolio of rule of law, security, and anti-corruption programs. He has served as Chief of Party, Team Leader, and Country Director in a number of countries and worked closely with USAID and the Department of State to develop new technical leadership tools. Earlier in his career, he was a Human Rights Officer for Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights and for the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia & Herzegovina. While in legal practice, Mr. Gisvold served as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Minnesota, counseling on policy, process, and governmental legal obligations for the Departments of Commerce, Health, and Public Safety. He has litigated civil, criminal, and administrative issues in Minnesota courts and organized public hearings on new regulations. Mr. Gisvold has published a number of articles and edited two books on post-conflict human rights, legal reform, and reconstructing justice institutions. He holds a J.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.A. in Russian Literature from Amherst College.

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