Kari Jorgensen Diener currently serves as Director of Programs for Mercy Corps Jordan where she oversees a portfolio of 14 programs.
Previously, Kari was Mercy Corps’ Deputy Director for Policy and Advocacy based in Washington, DC, where her work focused on humanitarian and refugee policy with a specific focus on the Middle East. Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Kari worked for nine years with CHF International (now Global Communities), an international development organization, where she served in a number of positions including Deputy Chief of Party, for local governance and infrastructure programs in the Palestinian Territories and Deputy Country Director in Southern Sudan. She also spent several years on the humanitarian response/program development team, responding to a number of high profile emergencies, including the conflict in Darfur, Sudan, the 2005 earthquake in Pakistan, and the 2004 Asian Pacific tsunami.
Prior to her work in international development, Kari was a researcher on migration and refugee policy at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University, a Fulbright Fellow in Turkey and a high school teacher in Yemen.
Kari has published articles in The Christian Science Monitor and The Hill, among other publications and is the co-author of The Uprooted, Improving Responses to Forced Migration. Kari received a BA in Political Science from Bates College in Lewiston Maine, and an MA in Arab Studies with a Certificate in Refugee and Humanitarian Emergencies from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. Kari speaks Arabic and Turkish.