The Honorable Vivian Lowery Derryck

Founder and President Emerita, The Bridges Institute; UNA-NCA Advisory Council 

Prior to a year at Harvard University as the Inaugural Fellow at the Advanced Leadership Initiative, she was Senior Vice President and Director of Public-Private Partnerships at the former AED, a U.S.-based non-profit which worked on education, health, and economic development in more than 125 countries. Previously, she served as the Assistant Administrator
for Africa of the U.S. Agency for International Development as the senior government official directing foreign assistance to Africa.  A veteran foreign affairs specialist, she has held numerous positions in both government and the non-profit private sector, including Deputy Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of State, Executive Vice President of the National Council of Negro Women, Vice President of the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, President of the African-American Institute and Senior Adviser of the Africa Leadership Forum. She taught at New York City Technical College and the University of Liberia, and for decades has concentrated on sustainable development in education, political participation, conflict resolution, leadership development, and women’s leadership in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.