Ms. Maura Barry Boyle is a Foreign Service Officer with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) serving as a Regional Advisor for Local Capacity Development in the USAID/Asia office in Bangkok, Thailand. In this role she supports USAID efforts to improve local capacity development in the region and provides guidance for incorporating capacity development into strategies and projects. Prior to this she served as the Deputy Office Director for USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance in Afghanistan. Her other assignments include serving as USAID East Africa’s Office Director for the Somalia. In addition to her twelve years with USAID, Maura worked for four years with the United Nations Development Program and six years with CARE International. She has worked on a broad range of development programs, with a particular focus on civil society strengthening. Maura holds a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) focused on Public and Non-profit Management from New York University. She served as a Peace Corps volunteer teaching secondary students English in rural Kenya from 1985 – 1987.