A Fresh Start in a New Direction

Foreign policy expert Dan Grant has served in Afghanistan, Iraq, Bosnia, and Kosovo as a civilian. Now he’s offering the families and small businesses of District 10 a fresh start and a new direction in Congress.

“We need a positive change in Washington to restore balance, integrity, and mainstream values to our representation in the corridors of Congress,” Grant says. “Let’s honor tradition but not be tied to it, learn from the past but not live in it, renew our faith in the future — and have the courage to step up and shape it.”

Grant returned this year to his hometown of Austin after serving as part of the international team in Baghdad. He is calling for positive change to improve national security, move toward energy independence, reduce the national debt, and provide a level playing field for middle-class families who work hard and play by the rules.

Grant has an unusually strong grounding in small-d democracy and foreign affairs. In Iraq, his duties included helping the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq prepare and conduct the historic elections of 2005. He consulted with international military forces and local leaders in Basra, Fallujah, and Mosul.

As deputy director of Iraq’s largest out-of-country voting program, Grant oversaw an unprecedented effort to give democracy a chance in the Middle East by registering eligible voters in major U.S. cities for Iraq’s Transitional National Assembly election. He oversaw a staff of more than a thousand and a budget of millions of dollars and ran the day-to-day operations of all senior personnel.

In Afghanistan, Grant helped coordinate security and policy planning for that nation’s post-Taliban constitutional convention on the behalf of USAID, and previously served as an operations officer for the massive effort to re-establish Afghanistan’s Central Bank.

In Kosovo, Grant played a key role as an elections supervisor in organizing the 2001 elections, working for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to help organize more than 100 polling stations and hire staff to facilitate the historic vote. He also monitored and enforced polling place procedures for important municipal elections throughout Bosnia-Herzegovina in the late 1990s.

Grant grew up in Austin and graduated from McCallum High School, interning for beloved Congressman Jake Pickle during his senior year. He was a foreign policy consultant for the John Kerry presidential campaign in 2004 while stationed in Kabul, and later while based in Washington, D.C.

Grant is a graduate of the London School of Economics with a Master’s of Science in Government Administration and Public Policy, and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. with a Bachelor’s in Foreign Service.

Grant lives in Austin, where he works as an international affairs consultant, and is a longtime member of St. Austin’s Church.


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