Partners for Democratic Change

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Partners for Democratic Change (Partners), based in Washington, DC, "is an international organization committed to building sustainable local capacity to advance civil society and a culture of change and conflict management worldwide." [1]

"Since 1989, Partners has developed vital change and conflict management skills and processes, facilitated the resolution of disputes, and built consensus on local issues in over 50 countries. Partners’ local and transnational initiatives strengthen citizen participation, good governance, the empowerment of disadvantaged groups, and the rule of law. As a result, thousands of individuals have benefited from new housing, educational and employment opportunities for minorities, revamped taxation systems and public services, new leadership positions for women and youth, decreased pollution, increased public safety and other community improvements.
"Partners builds the capacity of local institutions to promote democratic, participatory change and develops locally staffed and managed Centers for Change & Conflict Management, currently located in Albania, Argentina, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Georgia, Hungary, Jordan, Kosovo, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Romania and Slovakia." [2]




Washington, DC Office



Accessed July 2011:[1]

Accessed October 2009: [2]

  • William M. Bellamy - Director of the Africa Center for Strategic Studies, Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC
  • Esther Brimmer - Deputy Director and Director of Research, Center for Transatlantic Relations, The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC
  • Jonathan Davidson, Vice Chair - Former Senior Advisor, European Union Delegation of the European Commission, Washington, DC
  • Helen L. Frick - Former Leadership Development Manager, International Finance Corporation, World Bank, Washington, DC
  • Alton Frye - Presidential Senior Fellow Emeritus, Council on Foreign Relations, Washington, DC
  • Michael Gadbaw - Vice President, Senior Counsel, General Electric Company, Washington, DC
  • Peter Hakim - President, Inter-American Dialogue, Washington, DC
  • Robert E. Herzstein, Chair - Partner, Miller & Chevalier, Washington, DC
  • Kenton Keith, Secretary - Senior Vice President, Meridian International Center, Washington, DC
  • William C. Lane - Washington Director, Governmental Affairs, Caterpillar, Inc., Washington, DC
  • Samuel W. Lewis - Former Ambassador to Israel, Former Director of State Department Policy Planning Staff and past President and CEO of the United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC
  • Sally Painter - Principal and Managing Director, Dutko Worldwide, Washington, DC
  • Gardner G. Peckham - Managing Director, BKSH & Associates, Washington, DC
  • Raymond Shonholtz - President, Partners for Democratic Change, Washington, DC

Former Directors (2006)


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  1. [3], Partners for Democratic Change, accessed July 11, 2011.
  2. Directors, Partners for Democratic Change, accessed October 26, 2009.