Institute Alumna is Bradley's Outstanding Young Graduate

Carrie Gruenloh '94

March 1, 2013

Carrie Gruenloh, ’94, was named Outstanding Young Graduate at Bradley's annual Founder’s Day Luncheon.  Carrie is a Senior Conflict Specialist in the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Her current work involves identifying risks for violence in areas being served by USAID programs and devising interventions to mitigate those risks so that assistance programs can be as effective as possible. Although her work has focused mainly on East and Central Africa, and especially in Sudan and South Sudan, she has also conducted training in risk assessment and conflict mitigation in Southeast Asia and Latin America.

In 2010, she served as Southern Sudan Observation Mission Leader for the U.S. Government Diplomatic Observation Mission during Sudan’s National Elections. In this function, she designed training materials, observation manuals, forms and procedures for U.S. Government observation teams, and managed the training and deployment of six teams throughout Southern Sudan.

In addition to USAID, her work has informed the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the National Security Council Staff, the Department of International Development of the United Kingdom, and the Government of Sudan. Prior to joining USAID, she worked for nongovernmental organizations in Montenegro, Albania, Kosovo, and Hungary.

While a student at Bradley, she completed a study abroad experience in Hungary, earned a certificate in comparative political and economic systems through a summer program at Georgetown University, was selected for a Fulbright Fellowship to Hungary that she completed following graduation, and was named a joint-winner of the Nyaradi Memorial Award—the highest honor the Institute can grant to a student. She later earned an M.P.I.A. from the Economic and Social Development Program of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Institute faculty, staff, and students offer their congratulations to Carrie for earning this prestigious award.  She represents the best of the Institute and the best of Bradley.