Deana Arsenian, Carnegie Corporation of New York

TITLE: Vice President, International Program; Program Director, Russia and Eurasia

FUNDING AREAS: International security and higher education (Russia and Eurasia)

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PROFILE: Fostering peaceful civil societies in troubled corners of the world requires leaders and doers, but it has a need for thinkers, too. As a high-ranking decision-maker on grant giving at the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Deana Arsenian directs considerable amounts of fiscal support to the academics and scholars who author the reports, strategic visions, and analyses that international development programs across the world count on for guidance as they go about the heavy lifting of peace keeping and state building. Her foundation bio shares: 

Deana Arsenian, as vice president of the International Program, promotes the development of Carnegie Corporation’s grantmaking on international issues. She is also responsible for the Corporation’s work concerning Russia and Eurasia.

From 1983 to 1990, Ms. Arsenian worked as a program officer in the Corporation's Avoiding Nuclear War Program. In 1990, she left the Corporation to become the assistant director of the Center for Foreign Policy Development at Brown University, which later merged with the Watson Institute for International Studies. In 1997, Ms. Arsenian returned to the Corporation from the Watson Institute, where she was assistant director for development and special projects.

Ms. Arsenian earned a BA in political science from Barnard College and an MA in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. She is a former member of the board of directors of the Armenian Assembly and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

She and her husband, Mark Malkasian, are parents of a daughter, Anais.