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Eric James Graham Putzig

President & Co-Founder

With 23 years outside the United States in 12 different countries, typically as manager of US Government development projects, Mr. Putzig has extensive experience in the field of legal institutions development, curriculum development, and training.  He was Director of Teacher Training in Cambodia for the development of a new law school and authored several textbooks for that project.  He developed legislative centers at eight universities in Indonesia and trained eight corresponding provincial parliaments there.  Thereafter he trained the

Dean Anton Demchuk

Senior Consultant & Co-Founder

Anton Demchuk has been serving as the Dean of the Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University (VNU) Law Faculty since 2019.  Having quickly risen up the ranks in Ukrainian academia, as one of Ukraine’s youngest deans he has steered the VNU Law Faculty into its renaissance.  In the five years as Dean he has: Increased bachelor degree enrollment by 62%; worked with the national government to increase the VNU law faculty’s licensed student body by 25%; Increased enrollment in Masters programs by an astounding 144%; More than

National Parliament of East Timor on legislative drafting techniques.  In Jordan he developed (and provided training on) legal research and writing courses for universities.  In Iraq he trained the newly elected Governors' Offices and Provincial Parliaments, and in Afghanistan he oversaw the training of thousands of judges and members of the Ministry of Justice, as well as the education of hundreds of thousands of people (using print media, town meetings, theater, radio, and television) on basic democratic principles and human rights.

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Education: Choate, Connecticut; Bard College (BA), New York; Harvard University International Honors Program (full scholar), Asia; Georgetown Law (JD), Washington DC.

Eric and Anton discuss strategy in Lviv, Ukraine.

doubled the number of doctors and professors working at the law faculty.  He also oversaw the creation of three new laboratories: mediation and restorative justice, digital technologies in law, and polygraphy and forensic examinations.  In 2023, a new specialty "Law Enforcement" program was opened under the auspices of the VNU law faculty, with 60 students already enrolled.  He has also helped organize and/or participated in a number of democratic-themed international conferences in Sweden and Poland.

Education: Lesya Ukrainka Volyn National University (LLB, LLM), Lutsk, Ukraine.  Ivan Franko National University of Lviv (PhD), Lviv, Ukraine.

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Kristin McCrae

Vice President

A US Army veteran (1990-2000), Kristin McCrae is a seasoned leader with proven expertise in democracy and governance and conflict mitigation programming.  Skilled at leading in complex crisis and post-conflict contexts, she has worked for the United States Government in Washington DC, Sri Lanka, Liberia, Florida, and South Sudan.  More recently she was the Deputy Director of the Office of Democracy and Governance in Afghanistan and then Director of the Office of Democracy, Rights and Governance in Bangladesh.  Her international expertise is invaluable to BUD.

Education: Primary Leadership Development Course, Commandant’s List (honors), Ft. Riley, Kansas; Portland State University (BA), Oregon; School for International Training (MA), Vermont.

Gwen Pier

Senior Advisor

Gwen Pier is Executive Director of one America's oldest nonprofits, the National Sculpture Society (founded in 1893). NSS programs include exhibitions, publications, conferences, scholarships, grants, competitions, and educational events. She is currently an officer on the board of the Fine Arts Federation of New York; a member of the Council of Advisors of the Women’s Suffrage National Monument Foundation (Washington DC); and serves on the Saltus Medal Award Committee (American Numismatic Society, founded 1858), amongst other volunteer non-profit positions.

Education: Skidmore College (BA), New York; University of London, Goldsmith’s College, England; Columbia University (MS), New York.

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