Steven Riskin "is a senior program officer in USIP's Grants & Fellowships program, and is a Middle East specialist.
"He came to USIP from the Ford Foundation’s Africa and Middle East Programs, where he was a New York-based program officer and consultant on Middle East issues. He was responsible for program development and grantmaking in Israel, designing and implementing programs in the areas of human rights, social justice, and conflict resolution. With the foundation’s Cairo office staff, he also engaged in program development in the Arab world.
"Riskin has been a consultant to the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Center for Human Rights and several foundations seeking to advance social justice and peace in the Middle East. He has served as a research assistant at the Brookings Institution and a foreign affairs analyst at the Congressional Research Service.
"He holds a master’s in Arab studies from Georgetown University." 
- Steering Committee, International Human Rights Funders Group