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Chief of Party, Libya Economic Acceleration Project (LEAP) Michele Bradford

Michele Bradford currently serves as Chief of Party for the Libya Economic Acceleration Project (LEAP). Previously, she was the Team Leader for the RISA (Research and Innovation Systems for Africa) Fund, a regional program in Africa focused on research and innovation ecosystem strengthening. Michele is a governance specialist with more than 20 years designing, managing, and adapting programming in conflict-affected contexts in the Middle East, Africa and Central Asia. Michele is a long-serving chief of party for a diverse technical portfolio and previously served as chief of party for a multi-donor education governance program in Syria where she led the design of evidence-driven innovative programming in Social and Emotional Learning, Psychosocial Support (PSS) and Trauma Recovery. Her expertise includes strengthening education governance systems, working with both formal, non-state actors, and civil society service delivery providers; forging partnerships across diverse and often competing stakeholders; and driving applied research for iterative adaptive programming. Michele formerly served with the U.S. Department of State. She holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University and a MPH from Boston University.

by Michele Bradford

Psychosocial Support for Children Counters the Legacy of Violent Extremism in Syria

Exposure to violent and radical ISIS ideologies has damaged Syrian children’s mental health. In areas touched by violent extremism, transforming classrooms into mental health positive spaces that deliver psychosocial support can kickstart the healing process.

Opinion: Psychosocial Support for Children Counters the Legacy of Violent Extremism in Syria

In this opinion piece, Michele discusses her work integrating psychosocial support in education programming in northeast Syria.