Janene Sawers is the Checkpoint blog manager and project manager for DAI’s Center for Secure and Stable States, where she provides technical and operational oversight to countering violent extremism (CVE)-related programs. For the three years prior, she managed development results within DAI’s governance, CVE, transition, and stabilization portfolio in complex environments including the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Pakistan, Tunisia, and the West Bank.

In her current role, Janene ensures the programs she manages run smoothly, efficiently, and compliantly both from the home office and through targeted field assignments, particularly at start-up. An expert in conflict management and transformation, Janene started her career as a Senior Program Assistant at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where she managed the Jennings Randolph Senior Fellowship program, as well as supported research related to gender and youth conflict. She has also worked with USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, Mercy Corps, and the International Peace and Security Institute.

  • M.A., security policy studies, George Washington University
  • B.A., political science, University of Michigan