Sundaa Bridgett Jones was a 2008-2009 international affairs fellow in residence at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) in New York. She has expertise in international development, particularly in U.S. foreign policy in support of democracy and good governance.
Previously, Ms. Bridgett Jones led efforts at Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs to encourage students to seek professional careers in the U.S. federal government. She previously advised on Asia and Middle East affairs as the special assistant to the assistant secretary-general for political affairs in the United Nation’s Secretariat. Prior to the UN, she worked for nearly ten years at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in both the civil and foreign services and held several positions in the area of democracy and governance support in Washington, D.C., West and Southern Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East. She also served with the USAID Mission in Baghdad, Iraq, to support post-conflict reconstruction political development assistance.
Ms. Bridgett Jones earned her undergraduate degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and an MA in international development from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a member of the board of directors of the Bureau for International Reporting, a non-profit organization dedicated to coverage of overlooked international news stories for American news providers. She has also been a CFR term member.