Chief of Party, El Salvador
Leanne Webster is the Chief of Party in El Salvador for Counterpart’s Rights and Dignity Project. After receiving her law degree and practicing litigation law for several years, Webster joined the international development community to apply her legal background to serving as a Democracy and Governance Office with USAID in 2010, with her first overseas assignment being USAID/El Salvador. She was subsequently posted in Afghanistan and Paraguay. Since then, she has worked on USAID-funded projects throughout Latin America with implementers Counterpart International and DAI Global, LLC, supporting efforts to consolidate the rule of law, strengthen civil society organizations, advance transparency, broaden opportunity for marginalized youth, and fortify respect for human rights. Her roles have included senior leadership responsibilities both in headquarters as well as field positions, including serving for two years as Deputy Chief of Party for USAID Bridges to Employment in El Salvador. Webster received her JD from the SJ Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah, and her MPA from the Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University. She is originally from Utah and loves spending time in the mountains with her two dogs.