Tyler Beckelman

Senior Advisor

Former National Security Council Director for African Affairs and Former Director of USAID/Somalia

Tyler Beckelman is the Director of International Partnerships at the U.S. Institute of Peace. He is an expert on African affairs, with over 16 years of policy, program and partnership-building experience across the continent.

From 2012-13, Tyler served on the National Security Council as Director for African Affairs, where he coordinated U.S. policy for 15 countries in East and Southern Africa, advised senior administration officials, helped develop the Obama administration’s signature policy initiatives, and supported President Obama’s historic trips to South Africa and Tanzania.

Following his service at the NSC, Tyler was the Director of USAID/Somalia based in Nairobi, Kenya, where he oversaw the expansion of U.S. engagement and support for Somalia’s political transition and co-chaired the international donor group. He has also served as a Senior Advisor and Africa Division Chief in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security, managed stabilization and political transition programs in Africa and the Middle East for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, and spent over five years overseeing humanitarian programs in Sudan, South Sudan, and Zimbabwe. Prior to joining USAID, Tyler worked at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Paris.

Tyler earned his B.A. in Political Science, International Studies, and Economics from Macalester College, and a M.A. in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University.