Erlin Ibreck is the acting deputy director of U.S. Programs. She has served in several capacities at the Open Society Foundations, including as director of U.S. Programs’ Strategic Opportunities Fund, which developed time-limited initiatives responsive to urgent open society issues, and as director of the Youth Initiatives, which supported programs that provided ways for young people to impact public debate and become more civically engaged.
Prior to joining the foundations, Ibreck worked in the New York City Mayor’s Office as a deputy coordinator on adolescent issues. She has also worked in the UK criminal justice and family court systems as a probation officer. Erlin Ibreck was born and raised in East Africa. She graduated from Bristol University in the United Kingdom and obtained her MS at Columbia University's School of Social Work.