Jonathan Stivers Jonathan Stivers

Vice President of International Affairs

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Jon Stivers brings to The Sheridan Group over two decades of high-level policy experience in the Executive and Legislative Branches specializing in foreign policy, international development, global health, appropriations, trade, export financing, democracy promotion, and human rights.
 
In 2014, Jon was nominated by President Obama to serve as the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). In this U.S. Senate-confirmed position he managed a budget of approximately $1.2 billion in foreign assistance and led a staff of approximately 1,200 development professionals in 32 countries in East Asia and the Pacific Islands, South Asia and Central Asia. He has testified before Congressional committees on almost two dozen occasions on topics such as the annual budget requests, health, and sustainable development.
 
During his time in the Obama Administration, Jon was a leader in promoting the democratic reform effort in Burma, developing the plan to support earthquake recovery and reconstruction in Nepal, creating an innovative counter human trafficking program in Southeast Asia, designing a strategic plan to support a new democratic opportunity in Sri Lanka, and helping to heal the wounds of the past in Vietnam and Laos through development initiatives. He also participated in high-level dialogues including the U.S.-India Strategic & Commercial Dialogue in New Delhi and the U.S.-China Development Cooperation Dialogue in Beijing.
 
In the U.S. Congress, Jon served as Senior Advisor to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi. He played a leadership role on many ground-breaking legislative initiatives including the PEPFAR reauthorization bill and subsequent appropriations that doubled U.S. funding levels for global health in four years, securing emergency relief after the 2010 Haiti earthquake, and passing the JADE Act that tightened sanctions on Burma’s military government. In addition, Jon was responsible for the operations of the Democratic Steering & Policy Committee and served as a key point of contact on the House floor for Members of Congress and their staffs.
 
From 1999 to 2001, Jon served as Senior Legislative Assistant to the Ranking Member of the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee where he wrote and negotiated provisions in the annual appropriations bills. In particular, he played a leading role in passage of key floor amendments to increase funding for global AIDS and debt relief for poor countries. In addition, Jon worked in the Office of the Democratic Whip for both Pelosi and David Bonior (MI) where he gained valuable expertise in legislative strategy, whip counting, member relations, and parliamentary procedure.
 
Most recently in 2017, Jon was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic & Security Review Commission. The commission is tasked by the U.S. Congress to monitor and investigate the national security implications of the U.S.-China trade and economic relationship. Jon also serves on the International Board of Directors for The Bridge Fund, a small non-profit organization supporting cultural preservation and sustainable development programs in Tibet and western China.
 
Jon earned a Masters of International Policy and Practice from The Elliott School of International Affairs at The George Washington University and a Bachelor of Arts from James Madison College at Michigan State University in International Relations.
 
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Jon currently resides in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two daughters. 

Please follow Jon on Twitter at @jonstivers.

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