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The below is attributable to Spokesperson Rebecca Chalif:

Today, Administrator Power met with leaders of democracy and anti-corruption organizations following her recent policy speech at the National Press Club on June 7, to discuss how the United States can seize on this critical moment to galvanize democratic momentum, counter authoritarianism, and support fragile democratic states.

Participants included Doug Rutzen of the International Center for Not-for-Profit Law, Paige Alexander of the Carter Center, Anne Hudock of Counterpart, Lysa John Berna of CIVICUS, Eric Bjornlund of Democracy International, Jeanne Bourgault of Internews, Tony Banbury of the International Foundation for Electoral Systems, Derek Mitchell of the National Democratic Institute, Damon Wilson of the National Endowment for Democracy, Dan Twining of the International Republican Institute, Mike Abramowitz of Freedom House, Alberto Mora of the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative, Aleksander Dardeli of IREX, Caroline Anstey of Pact, Carlos Eduardo Huertas of Conectas, and Kyra Buchko of Partners Global.

Administrator Power solicited their feedback on the themes and goals outlined in the speech, including how USAID and the participating organizations can continue to work together and pursue innovative approaches to strengthen democracy, combat corruption, and advance development worldwide.

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