Tyler Beckelman is the director of International Partnerships at the U.S. Institute of Peace, where he strengthens relationships between USIP and global policy partners, including U.S. government departments, intergovernmental organizations, multilateral, and non-governmental organizations. He has over 15 years of policy, programming and partnership-building experience in conflict and transitional contexts.
Prior to joining the institute, Beckelman served as the director of USAID's Somalia Field Office based in Nairobi, Kenya and Mogadishu, Somalia, and as a senior advisor and Africa Division chief in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security.
From 2012-13, Beckelman served on the National Security Council as director for African Affairs, coordinating U.S. policy in 15 countries in East and Southern Africa and advising senior officials. From 2010-2012, he oversaw stabilization and political transition programs in Yemen, South Sudan and Zimbabwe for USAID's Office of Transition Initiatives.
He began his U.S. Government career overseeing humanitarian response programs in Darfur, Sudan and spent over five years implementing humanitarian activities in Sudan, South Sudan, Chad and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining USAID, Beckelman worked at the Roundtable on Sustainable Development in the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.
Beckelman earned his bachelor’s degree in political science, international studies, and economics from Macalester College, and a master’s on conflict resolution from Georgetown University.