Scott N. Carlson
, President and Chief Executive of New-Rule, is a democracy and governance expert with over 20 years of experience managing, designing, and evaluating complex international assistance programs, including over six years posted overseas. Mr. Carlson started his professional career domestically in tax enforcement, working on regulations and litigation. 

Drawing upon his five years in the executive branch and specialized training, he embarked on an international career focused on governance, accountability, rule of law, and human rights. This path has immersed him in these separate, but related fields, as well as adjacent disciplines, such as public financial management, including tax, procurement, business registration, case management, etc. 

For the U.S. Department of State, Mr. Carlson deployed to Camp Phoenix Afghanistan in 2011, where he served as the Technical Director for the Interagency Rule of Law (IROL) Office, planning, coordinating, and synchronizing ROL efforts across the country with the UN, NATO, EU, World Bank, USAID, and DFID. Most notably, he oversaw the first interagency evaluation of the Provincial Justice Centers for which he received a Meritorious Honor Award. At State, Mr. Carlson also provided expert assistance on international ROL and anti-corruption programming for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) and the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization, serving as an advisor in various countries—including Cambodia, Haiti, Lebanon, and Thailand—as well as a delegate to international working groups, such as the UN Access to Justice Working Group. Prior to INL, he supplied expertise to international organizations. 

For the United Nations Department for Peacekeeping Operation (UNDPKO), he developed their Primer for Justice Components in Multi-Dimensional Peace Operations. For the Millennium Challenge Corporation, Mr. Carlson designed and implemented an anti-corruption program in Albania—which boosted transparency and accountability across three institutions—using an integrated e-government platform to reduce discretion of civil servants working in tax, public procurement, and business registration. 

While a Director for the Central European and Eurasian Law Initiative (CEELI), he designed international legal reform programs and produced judicial reform and legal implementation indices based on international standards. His substantial analytical work with CEELI involved finalizing production of the ABA/CEELI Judicial Reform Index, for which he managed over ten judicial evaluations in Central and Eastern Europe, and designing the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Legal Implementation Index. His experience in Europe and Eurasia also includes serving as a successful litigator at the European Court of Human Rights and serving as Deputy Legal Advisor for Human Rights with the Independent International Commission on Kosovo. 

Since 2007, he has been an adjunct professor at American University’s Washington College of Law, and since 2014, he has been an adjunct faculty member of the State Department pre-deployment training. He graduated with honors in law from Georgetown University, L.L.M. in International and Comparative Law and the University of Georgia, Juris Doctor. Mr. Carlson is fluent in Albanian, proficient in French, and learning Croatian.


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Kyra Buchko
serves as Senior Technical Director for New-Rule. She is also the Executive Director of Butterflies-USA, a not-for-profit organization focused on protection and empowerment of street and working children in South Asia. Ms. Buchko leads advocacy, education and fundraising activities in the US, as well as capacity building and support for New Delhi-based Butterflies and other children's rights groups in the region.

Ms. Buchko began her legal career working for top-shelf private law firms on international matters. Following the fall of the Berlin Wall, she was one of the initial directors of the American Bar Association’s overseas programming. Ms. Buchko has spent the last two decades working on rule of law and human rights in the former Soviet
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Union and Asia. With the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), she recently served as Senior Advisor to the Bangladesh National Human Rights Commission, and previously, she was lead editor for Pursuing the Public Interest: A Handbook for Legal Professionals and Activists. In 2010, she completed an Executive Certificate of Global Communications at the Thunderbird School of Global Management, Arizona, reflecting the strong cross-cultural competency she has integrated with established legal credentials.

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Helena Smolich
serves as New-Rule’s Chief Operating Officer with over ten years of experience in Information Technology and customer service. She leads the operational and financial activities plus many of the administrative functions of New-Rule.

In her previous work, she specialized in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and application development and coordinated complex projects with various interest groups and clients and has a wide range of customer service experience. She helped manage the GIS server technology, assisted with corporate spatial data systems, and provided technical support on field projects.

Ms. Smolich also worked in local government consulting, where she managed and served as technical lead on several multiyear projects. She has an M.A. in geography from the University of Iowa, with concentrations in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and computational geography, and has twice received the Antarctica Service Medal.

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Leadership Team

President and Chief Executive Officer

Senior Technical Director

Chief Operating Officer