Acting Executive Director
In June 2020, Patricia Taft became the Acting Executive Director for FFP. Prior to that, she was a Programs Director at FFP where she oversaw several of FFP’s conflict assessment and early warning programs. She also directs our research and policy work on countering transnational security threats posed by international criminal and terrorist networks. In West Africa, Patricia currently leads FFP’s advisory work on enhancing early warning and response systems in the fifteen member countries of ECOWAS, as part of the USAID Reacting to Early Warning and Response Data (REWARD) project. In Nigeria, she has been serving as a Senior Technical Advisor to the Foundation for Partnership Initiatives in the Niger Delta (PIND) since 2013, in support of the Partners for Peace (P4P) Network. She also oversees FFP’s Prevention of Gender-Based Violence Programming, working with key stakeholders throughout Africa on initiatives that combine ground-sourced early warning information with national and international databases to produce trends and patterns in order to direct response. She has also led FFP’s early warning and conflict mitigation work in Kenya and Liberia and has performed extensive field research in over 60 countries in Africa, Latin America, Asia and Europe on the role of civil society, peacekeeping forces, and regional organizations in crisis response and prevention.
Ms. Taft first joined the Fund in 2003, departing in 2008 to serve for two years as a legal advisor to the government of Uganda on war crimes prosecution and its case before the International Criminal Court. She returned to FFP in December 2010 to resume leadership of the Transnational Threats Program. Prior to FFP, Ms. Taft worked for the US Institute of Peace (USIP) and the Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) for clients in Africa, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and South Asia on post-conflict security sector reform initiatives, peace negotiations, and constitution drafting. She has published numerous reports, articles, and opinion pieces on early warning, post-conflict legal and security sector reform, peacebuilding and civil society engagement, and countering weak and fragile states.
She is a co-editor and author of “Peace Operations: Trends, Progress, and Prospects,” published by Georgetown University Press in June of 2008 and co-author, with Nate Haken, of the compendium, “Violence in Nigeria: Patterns and Trends,” published by Springer Press in April 2015. Ms. Taft is a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia and has a Master’s Degree in International Relations from American University in Washington, DC. She divides her time between Washington, DC and Tunis, Tunisia.