Brendan Halloran

Brendan Halloran

Program Officer, Transparency and Accountability Initiative

Brendan Halloran is a Program Officer at the Transparency and Accountability Initiative, leading on issues of Impact and Learning. This workstream aims to support T/A practitioners, funders and researchers to increase and use their learning about where, when and how T/A initiatives succeed (and don’t), to create new ways of working together, and to deepen their impact.

Brendan coordinates TALEARN, a community of practice involving individuals from these different groups, all working on T/A work from all around the world , who want to come together to engage and learn from each other. It’s a safe space to ask tough questions and explore ways forward together.

He also leads T/AI’s involvement in brokering and supporting new research and other learning efforts around transparency and accountability issues.

Prior to joining T/AI, Brendan spent five years in Guatemala working on and researching governance issues, most recently as a Democracy and Governance Advisor for USAID focusing on analysis, strategic planning and program design. He earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in Planning, Governance and Globalization. His research examined the socio-political dynamics of local development in a low-income urban community in Guatemala City. Brendan is interested in politics, governance and foreign aid, and he blogs on these issues at