Horton Beebe-Center is president of Eurasia Foundation and chairman of Gazelle Finance. Mr. Beebe-Center joined Eurasia Foundation in 1993 and served as the first field officer, establishing offices throughout the Eurasia region and running the Moscow regional office for two years. He returned to the United States in 1995 to serve as vice president for projects and development, then as executive vice president. He was appointed president in 2006.
Under Mr. Beebe-Center's leadership, Eurasia Foundation’s small business lending program in Armenia and Ukraine disbursed and collected more than $17 million in loans, helping hundreds of entrepreneurs grow their businesses and creating more than 3,000 new jobs. Mr. Beebe-Center directed the transformation of the Foundation’s field offices into locally chartered institutions – in Russia, Central Asia, the South Caucasus, Ukraine and Moldova – which together comprise the Eurasia Foundation Network.
Prior to joining Eurasia Foundation, Mr. Beebe-Center worked for several years on US-Soviet projects ranging from intergovernmental technical exchanges to commercial joint ventures.
Mr. Beebe-Center holds a bachelor's degree in Soviet studies from Brown University and a master's degree in Russian Studies from Harvard University.
Lisa Coll is the Vice President at Eurasia Foundation’s Washington, DC office. She is presently responsible for 16 programs and a $7.5 million annual budget. Since 2001, Ms. Coll has played a key role in the Foundation’s program office, including guiding the localization of EF’s regional offices between 2004 and 2010 and spearheading the development of the Capacity Mapping Assessment tool, an organizational assessment method custom-built for EF’s partner foundations. She sits on the board of the East Europe Foundation in Ukraine and in Moldova. From 1999-2001, Ms. Coll served as EF’s Central Asia director, based in Tashkent, overseeing a $1.2 million small grants program.
Prior to joining EF, Ms. Coll spent four years in Russia working on various development projects, including an electricity sector reform project implemented by the International Finance Corporation and a program to strengthen health-care civil society organizations across the Russian Federation. She holds an M.A. in comparative and regional studies of Russia and Central Eurasia from American University’s School of International Service and a B.A. from the University of Michigan in Russian language and literature. Ms. Coll is proficient in Russian.
Director of Program Development
As the director of program development, Robert O’Donovan is responsible for Eurasia Foundation’s pursuit of new business opportunities. In this role, he helped launch EF’s social expertise exchange between Russia and the U.S. and the Foundation’s civil society strengthening program in Belarus. Before shifting to program development in 2010, Mr. O’Donovan served as EF’s senior program and evaluation officer in Washington, DC, and regularly assessed the organizational capacity of EF’s legacy foundations across the Eurasia region. From 2001–2006, Mr. O’Donovan was based in Tbilisi, Georgia, and led EF’s South Caucasus Cooperation Program, a cross-border initiative strengthening connections among leading civil society organizations from the region. Mr. O’Donovan got his start in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in southeast Kazakhstan (1996 – 1998) and has also worked for Chemonics International in Washington, DC. He received a B.A. in English literature from the University of Vermont, an M.S. in development management from American University, and is fluent in Russian.
Deputy Director of Program Development
Julie Garuccio joined Eurasia Foundation in 2011 and has more than twelve years of international development experience. As the deputy director for program development, she co-designed EF’s expansion strategy into the Middle East and North Africa and developed EF’s first regional program in the region. For more than seven years she worked at the ABA Rule of Law Initiative, overseeing new business development and a diverse program portfolio. She managed ABA’s flagship justice sector program in Russia and supported legal reform initiatives in the Caucasus and Central Asia. From 2002- 2004 she served as the director of programs for the Network of East-West Women, supporting young activists from Europe and Eurasia advance gender equality issues in their countries. While in graduate school, she worked at Management Systems International and spent a summer studying Spanish in Guatemala. She has an M.A. in international development studies from the Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and is beginning to learn Arabic.
Director of Finance and Administration
Katya Petry serves as Eurasia Foundation’s director of finance and administration. Ms. Petry joined EF in 2011 and is responsible for the organization’s financial management, human resources and IT operations. During her tenure at EF, Ms. Petry restructured and consolidated all of the service departments and spearheaded the transition to an integrated, web-based financial management system that allows for better cost control and financial transparency.
Prior to joining EF, Ms. Petry served as the deputy director for finance and administration at the Moscow-based Economics Education and Research Consortium, a partnership of prominent donors that advances economics education and research across the Eurasia region. She also served as a budget analyst and payroll coordinator at the U.S. embassy in Beijing, consulted for the International School of Economics in Tbilisi on international financial management practices, and provided program backstopping for a USAID-funded agricultural commercialization initiative of the Citizens Network for Foreign Affairs in its Washington, DC office.
Ms. Petry holds an M.A. in agricultural economics from the Ryazan Agricultural Academy in Russia and an M.A. in international development from American University. She also holds two certificates in accounting from the University of Maryland University College. Ms. Petry is a native Russian speaker.