Abbey Marks Gardner, Senior Adviser, Aid Delivery Support Initiative
Abbey Gardner currently serves as Senior Adviser on Aid Delivery for Dr. Paul Farmer’s Aid Delivery Support Initiative. She leads this New York based office which operates in partnership with the United Nations. Prior to her current role, Ms. Gardner worked for the United Nations Office of the Special Envoy for Haiti as Senior Adviser to Dr. Paul Farmer in his role as Deputy Special Envoy for Haiti.
Ms. Gardner previously served as Executive Director of the Baltic-American Partnership Fund, where she established and managed all facets of a $15 million 501(c)3 not-for-profit corporation jointly funded by USAID and George Soros’ Open Society Institute aimed at strengthening civil society in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.
Ms. Gardner also served as the Regional Director for Russia at the Open Society Institute. She worked to develop and oversee a broad portfolio of development programs with an annual budget of $100 million. Earlier in her career, she held the position of Deputy Director of the International Science Foundation, a Soros funded initiative to support basic science researchers in the former Soviet Union with a budget of $100 million under the leadership of the Chairman of the Board Nobel Laureate James Watson.
Ms. Gardner has an undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from Amherst College, and a masters degree in Russian Area Studies from Georgetown University. She was the co-editor of Paul Farmer’s book, Haiti After the Earthquake which was published in June 2011.