President and Chief Executive Officer
Safadi Foundation USA
Lara is a native of Los Angeles, California and has nearly two-decades of experience in international affairs, development and U.S. government relations. She launched her career in Washington as a Professional Staff Member on the Committee on International Relations in the U.S. House of Representatives (HIRC) under then Chairman Henry J. Hyde. She maintained oversight on the Middle East, Afghanistan and environmental issues and organized fifteen Full Committee hearings on related topics throughout the 107th, 108th, and 109th Congresses. She participated in congressional delegations around the world, including to Kabul, Afghanistan where she conducted training sessions with the Afghan National Assembly on the role and oversight responsibilities of the legislative branch. In addition, she served as the lead House staffer for “The Senator Paul Simon Water for the Poor Act of 2005” (P.L. 109-121), a major foreign assistance initiative to bring safe water and sanitation to vulnerable populations.
In 2016, Lara returned from three-years working abroad to reactivate Safadi Foundation USA, a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to Lebanon’s human development, where she now serves as President and CEO. She is currently working to support a governance-based agenda for Lebanon in U.S. foreign policy circles, and building strategic support for the Foundation’s affiliate organization in Tripoli, Lebanon, in the areas of social development and agriculture. She initially founded the organization in 2008, and then served as the Executive Director. In this capacity, she launched the Safadi-Stanford Initiative for Policy Innovation at the Wilson Center—a scholars’ program that promoted independent research on issues concerning national development in Lebanon, and which featured Christine Lagarde’s first public remarks on the economies of the Arab region after the uprisings began in December 2010.
Recently, she served as a Senior Fellow at Fundação Luso-Americana in Lisbon, Portugal where she organized the launch of the Luso-American Legislators’ Dialogue—a program to engage American legislators of Portuguese descent at both the state and federal levels with policymakers in Portugal.
Lara simultaneously heads her own consulting company focusing on international affairs and has organized peace missions throughout the Middle East between civil society and governments for The Elders, a global United Nations (UN) program led by former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan.
She has published articles on U.S. politics, foreign policy and the Middle East. Please view her Linkedin profile for a full list: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lara-alameh-a59a0517/
Lara holds a Master of Arts from Georgetown University in Democracy and Governance Studies, a Bachelor of Arts from The George Washington University in Middle Eastern Studies and Religion, and Associate of Arts degrees from Santa Barbara City College in History, Political Science and International Studies. In addition, she is a certified yoga instructor.