Carla Koppell

Carla Koppell
Chief Strategy Officer

Carla Koppell is the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Chief Strategy Officer (CSO). In that role she looks long-term, striving to increase overall Agency effectiveness, focused particularly on increasing Agency-wide transparency, accountability, collaboration and communications. Prior to serving as CSO, Koppell served as USAID’s first Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and a Senior Advisor to the USAID Administrator.

Koppell brings to the position twenty-five years of experience working in a wide range of sectors for public, private and non-governmental organizations internationally. Before returning to the Federal Government, Koppell directed The Institute for Inclusive Security and the Washington, DC office of Hunt Alternatives Fund. She also was a senior adviser and, prior to that, interim director of the Conflict Prevention Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Earlier in her career, Koppell served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and directed the USAID climate change program. She also worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

Koppell received her M.A. in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her B.S. from Cornell University. She is married and has three children.

Last updated: November 04, 2014

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