Lyla joined the U.S. government in 2006 and is currently a Foreign Service Officer with USAID serving as the Acting Director of the Democracy, Human Rights and Governance Office in Amman, Jordan.
Ms. Bashan was previously USAID/Armenia’s Director of the Sustainable Development Office. This office covered all of USAID’s programs in Armenia, which are in the sectors of economic growth, democracy and governance, health and social reform. Directly before Armenia, Ms. Bashan served in Washington, DC in the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia and also in the Office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. She has also served in Tajikistan as the Team Lead for Democracy and Governance, Health and Education. Ms. Bashan’s first tour was in Guatemala as a Democracy and Governance Officer.
Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Bashan was a Civil Servant at the Department of State. There she served as the Conflict Prevention Officer for Sub-Saharan Africa in the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization. Before that, Ms. Bashan helped establish the Office of the Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance. Once the reforms were initiated and the office stood up, she served in the office as the Country Coordinator for West Africa.
Before joining the government, Ms. Bashan worked for non-governmental organizations, including InterAction and Mercy Corps. She is the author of Global: An Extraordinary Guide for Ordinary Heroes published by Red Press Publishing. Ms. Bashan holds an M.A. in International Peace and Conflict Resolution from American University and a B.A. in International Affairs from Lewis and Clark College.