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Morocco COP Julia Demichelis Honored as Distinguished Alumna for 2006


On June 15, 2006 Julia Demichelis, SUNY/CID's chief-of-party on the USAID-funded Strengthening Parliamentary Processes project in Morocco, was honored by the University of Oregon's School of Architecture and Allied Arts, Department of Planning Public Policy and Management (PPPM) & PPPM Advisory Council as the department's Distinguished Alumna of 2006. The University recognized that since graduating with a Master of Urban Planning in 1991, Ms. Demichelis has applied her planning skills to create community reconciliation and reconstruction mechanisms within conflict and post-conflict societies around the world, including Sierra Leone, Liberia, the Yugoslav Successor States, Albania, Cote d'Ivoire, Burundi and most recently, Iraq. For 15 years, Julia's work has focused on rebuilding physical structures, strengthening public services, improving governance infrastructure at the community and state levels, and mitigating recurrences of conflicts or natural disasters.

As SUNY/CID's project director in Iraq last year, Ms. Demichelis headed a team that assisted the transitional Iraqi parliament to establish its internal rules and post- election institutional structure; draft the constitution and other key pieces of legislation; create modern human resources policies; and, develop other essential tools of governance, including public and media relations. Working at the national level for the past five years, she "raises the ceiling" that governments give to communities to rebuild themselves. Julia is currently directing SUNY/CID's program with the Moroccan Parliament, focusing on the interior and finance committees and helping build positive and productive relationships between the Parliament and civil society.

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