Mark Granius joined Counterpart International  in 2000. As Counterpart’s Civil Society and Local Development Technical Advisor on the Program Quality and Learning (PQL) team, Mark provides technical leadership to Counterpart field programs, leads the design of new programs, and creates new technical learning products in a wide range of democracy and governance areas. Mark has 25 years of international development, private sector, and academic experience and has worked at USAID, universities, private companies, and international development organizations. For Counterpart, Mark has served as Deputy Chief of Party on a conflict mitigation program in Uzbekistan, a Chief of Party on a Central Asian Regional civil society strengthening project, and Director of New Business Development. Mark understands the compliance, collaboration, and communication requirements of headquarters-based program support as well as the operational realities of field-based program operational management. He also created and employed many of Counterpart’s current organizational capacity building, advocacy, community mobilization, inclusive social accountability, network strengthening, and financial sustainability methods and tools.

Work Experience

Before joining Counterpart, Mark worked as a high school teacher in Wisconsin, a Peace Corps Volunteer in Bulgaria, and a business recruitment consultant in Japan. He has worked for Counterpart on three separate occasions for a total of twelve years in field management and headquarters technical positions. In addition to Counterpart, Mark served as the Civil Society Technical Specialist for the Academy for Educational Development’s (AED) public administration reform program in Georgia, the Senior Director for Middle East Programs at Relief International, USAID’s Senior Technical Specialist for Governance in Uzbekistan, and adjunct professor at George Washington University. Mark has also worked across a number of technical areas and has managed programs in agriculture, natural resource management, health, economic development, youth violence prevention, and conflict mitigation.


  • M.S., International Development Management, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • M.B.A., International Business, American University, Washington, D.C.
  • B.A., Secondary Education / Broad Field Social Studies and Psychology, University of Wisconsin Eau Claire (UWEC).

Why I’m Passionate About Our Work

I value Counterpart’s commitment to partnership and locally-led development. We provide the tools, resources, and opportunities for individuals and organizations to define and drive their own development. I am always excited to connect with past partners and see the sustained impact of our joint efforts often years after our programs end.

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