Monica O’Hearn is a Program Manager at Counterpart International, where she manages technical and operational implementation of programs which advance transparency and accountability, human rights, and civil society strengthening. While currently supporting Asia and Africa programming, her experience at Counterpart also includes management of projects throughout Latin America and the Middle East.
Monica’s expertise is primarily in anti-corruption, transparency, and good governance. Before joining Counterpart, Monica worked in the private sector, where she led investigations focusing on international financial flows, corporate fraud and compliance, and political campaign financing. Previously, Monica also held positions at the International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES), supporting elections and civic education strengthening programs throughout Africa, as well as at the National Democratic Institute (NDI). Monica was also a research assistant for Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem), a multidimensional dataset which measures levels of democracy worldwide.
Monica is currently a nonresident fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy, and was previously a Fulbright grantee in Morocco, serving as a lecturer at Abdelmalek Essaadi University from 2013-2014. She holds a Master’s in Government with a concentration in Democracy and Governance from Georgetown University and a Bachelor of Arts in Romance Languages and Literature from the University of Notre Dame. She is fluent in Spanish, French, and Italian and speaks conversational Arabic.