Dr. Sarah Mendelson is the former US Ambassador to the Economic & Social Council at the UN under Obama, and is an expert on democracy and human rights. She was confirmed by the Senate in October 2015, and served as the USUN lead on international development, human rights, and humanitarian affairs. There she oversaw campaigns to get country-specific resolutions passed in the General Assembly and to get NGOs, including the Committee to Protect Journalists, accredited to the UN. She led efforts to elevate the issue of combating human trafficking and was senior lead for the President's Summit on Refugees. Prior to her appointment as Ambassador, she served as a Deputy Assistant Administrator at USAID from 2010-2014 where she was the Agency lead on democracy, human rights, and governance. Early in her career, Ambassador Mendelson was originally a Russia specialist, so there will be much to discuss on that as well.
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