Dafna manages Mercy Corps' global policy and research work, and represents Mercy Corps' field teams with international institutions, donors and a range of stakeholders. She previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (DRL), covering the Middle East. Her career has included positions as the Deputy Director of Research at the Center for a New American Security, a member of the National Security Council staff and the State Department's Office of Policy Planning staff, and two tours of duty as a Senate staffer covering national security and foreign assistance issues. Dafna holds a Ph.D. in political science from Columbia, and an AB from Harvard University. Dafna lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and three children.