Homa Hassan is an international development and foreign policy professional with a decade of experience in public policy, American government, donor coordination, and foreign assistance budgeting. At the GW Elliott School of International Affairs, she teaches a graduate-level course on Analyzing Foreign Assistance. Ms. Hassan currently works at the White House on policy and resources for the Middle East and North Africa, as well as on issues related to trade and investment. Prior to her current role, she served as a Director in the White House National Security Council. Ms. Hassan has spent the majority of her federal service in the Office of Foreign Assistance with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) at the Department of State as an advisor and technical expert on budget, strategic planning, and legislative requirements for State and USAID bureaus, the field, and other agencies on foreign assistance to Africa and the Middle East.
Ms. Hassan has extensive management and leadership experience both with the U.S. government and international non-governmental organizations. Her federal service includes working at the White House on the international affairs budget and global policy priorities, as well as at the Consulate General in Jerusalem as an Economic Officer. She has also worked with the United Nations in Kosovo on post-conflict development, with Transparency International in Colombia and Liberia on foreign assistance transparency and good governance practices, and with the Red Crescent Society in Qatar, responding to emergency humanitarian crises. Ms. Hassan has a Master of International Affairs with a focus on economic and political development from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, where she was an American foreign policy fellow.