Co-Director, Bridging Divides Initiative; Lecturer, Princeton School of Public and International Affairs

Nealin Parker is the Director of the Bridging Divides Initiative at the Liechtenstein Institute on Self-Determination with a joint appointment as a Lecturer at Princeton University’s Princeton School of Public and International Affairs. She teaches courses on political polarization and conflict transformation, refugees, and management of aid in countries in crisis. 

Nealin has helped lead large, complex organizations across the public and private sectors. From 2011 to 2017, she served in high-level appointments during the Obama Administration: as Chief of Staff for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Deputy/Acting Director of the Office of Transition Initiatives at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID/OTI). OTI works exclusively to provide rapid response to political crises globally. Among its portfolio during her tenure were programs in Afghanistan, Burma, Kenya, Libya, and Syria.  

Nealin has brought to those endeavors over 10 years of experience working on issues of conflict prevention and alleviation, peacekeeping and peacebuilding, democracy and good governance, and poverty alleviation.  She worked with governments, non-governmental organizations, and think tanks, including the Carter Center's conflict resolution program, IFES's elections program, the Bobst Center on Peace and Justice at Princeton University, the Center on International Cooperation's rule of law program, and the Brookings Institution's program on World Order. 

Nealin earned a Master’s in Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a Bachelor of Arts in Religion from the University of Virginia.