Erin M. Barclay was appointed Acting Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in October 2014. A career member of the Senior Executive Service, she came to CSO from the Office of Criminal Justice Assistance and Partnership in the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs. As the founding director of that office for three years, she built an organization that today provides strategic direction to all of INL on police, corrections, and rule-of-law programming and policies, which are often at the heart of CSO’s work.
Ms. Barclay began her Department of State career in the European Bureau’s Office of Assistance Coordination to Europe and Eurasia, where she developed and implemented EUR’s first interagency rule-of-law assessment tool. In 2007 she moved to INL, running the office that handles Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Middle East.
Prior to joining the Department, she was executive director of the Network of East West Women, a nonprofit that promotes women’s human rights in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. Ms. Barclay has been an adjunct professor of international women’s human rights at Georgetown University Law Center and George Mason University. She is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton and the University at Buffalo School of Law, and is an attorney admitted in New York State and the District of Columbia.