Creative Associates International hires director to lead Transnational Initiatives

March 7, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC – Sid Balman has joined Creative Associates International as the Director of Transnational Initiatives, where he will support the organization’s global work on projects related to countering violent extremism, community-driven crime reduction, promoting health and more.

“Sid Balman’s in-depth experience and critical thinking makes him an excellent addition to our already impressive cadre of experts,” says Creative President Leland Kruvant. “Sid’s skill set will greatly contribute to the needs of our current and future clients.”

Previously, Balman was the Managing Director of Turner4D, a woman-owned public relations firm in Washington, D.C. During his four-year tenure, Balman led the rejuvenation of a venerable brand and helped to focus it on global campaigns, strategy and international development.

His expertise in digital and social media strategies, business development and advocacy grows out of a 25-year global career.

From 1990 to 2000, he was United Press International’s diplomatic and national security correspondent. In 2000, Balman founded the first web-based publishing syndicate to focus on issues of importance to women and girls.  From 2001 to 2005, he was strategic communications chief and board adviser at Interaction, the largest U.S. alliance of international humanitarian organizations. Later, Balman built an international strategy consulting firm, which was acquired by a larger company after six years.

An avid climber, surfer, paddler and skier, Balman is a contributing writer for Outside Magazine, a certified Wilderness First Responder and active with the Board of Directors for the American Alpine Club.

About Creative Associates International

Creative works with underserved communities by sharing expertise and experience and building local capacity in education, economic growth, governance and transitions from conflict to peace.

Based in Washington, D.C., Creative has active projects in more than 25 countries. Since 1977, it has worked in nearly 90 countries and on almost every continent. Recognized for its ability to work rapidly, flexibly and effectively in conflict-affected environments, Creative is committed to generating long-term sustainable solutions to complex development problems.

Started by four enterprising women with diverse backgrounds, Creative has grown to become one of the leaders among the U.S. private sector implementers of global development projects. Creative is minority-owned and operated.

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