Evan Tracz

Evan Tracz

Director of CSM-STAND
Europe & Eurasia, Africa, Middle East & North Africa, Asia, Americas, Civil Society, Technology, Media

Evan is the director of IREX projects under the two USAID regional programs entitled Civil Society and Media—Strengthened Together and Advancing in New Directions (CSM-STAND).

Evan brings over 20 years of experience managing and designing civil society, media, technology and security cooperation programs to his leadership of these twin CSM-STAND programs, one focused on Africa, the Middle East, and North Africa and the other covering Asia, Europe, Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean.  The CSM-STAND programs, with a combined funding ceiling of $452 million, will foster innovative design and implementation of civil society and media programming, while partnering with local change agents to foster global learning.

Prior to joining IREX’s management team, Evan successfully led the USAID Strengthening Media Systems project in Serbia (2018-2022), and launched the current five-year USAID and Sida-funded Mediji.Inovacije contract. He previously managed the Novateca program in Moldova (2011-2018), a seven-year project funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation that provided Moldovan citizens with access to relevant information and locally tailored services through a network of more than 1,000 modernized public libraries countrywide.

Evan previously served as NATO’s Liaison Officer to Central Asia, facilitating partnerships, projects and political dialogue between NATO and the five Central Asian former-Soviet republics. He also spent four years at the OSCE mission in Turkmenistan as Project Coordinator, where he helped develop and manage over 100 projects addressing security, economic and community development.

Evan received a MA in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, a BA in English from Boston University, and served as US Peace Corps volunteer in Turkmenistan (1997-1999).