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Michele Schimpp is the director of the Center for Mission Engagement and Operations in USAID’s U.S. Development Lab. Prior to joining the Lab, from 2012-2014, Schimpp served as the chief operating officer of the Agency’s Office of Science and Technology, bringing scientific, technological, research and innovative approaches to development challenges around the world.
From 2009 to 2012, Schimpp served as deputy assistant to the administrator in the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, building USAID’s capacity, alongside defense and diplomacy, to meet national security objectives through development in both countries. Over the previous four years, she served as a senior manager with USAID and the U.S. State Department, leading subject matter experts across a range of topics, including humanitarian assistance, agriculture, economic growth, health, education, energy, infrastructure, conflict, democracy and governance. 2007 to 2009, Schimpp headed USAID’s Office of Technical Support for Asia and the Middle East.
At the State Department, from 2005-2007, Schimpp served as director of the Office of Best Practices for the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS). In this role, she helped establish the new office, developing policies and guidance on post-conflict reconstruction as well as interagency planning for priority countries such as Haiti and Cuba. Schimpp led U.S. Government interagency working groups on a range of issues and liaised with international partners to build post-conflict response capacities, particularly within the U.N., the U.K., Canada and the Organization of American States.
As a Foreign Service Officer, Schimpp served in USAID’s Office of Democracy and Governance from 1999 to 2005, where she was the Agency’s division chief and senior adviser for elections and political processes, and before that, senior coordinator for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Strategies Division. From 1995-1999, Schimpp served in Haiti as the deputy director for the Office of Justice, Democracy and Governance.
Prior to joining USAID in 1994, Schimpp worked for the Academy for Educational Development where she led a multisectoral team researching development lessons, trends and policies.
Schimpp received her Master’s Degree in Latin American studies from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Bachelor’s Degree from George Washington University. In 2010, she completed Seminar XXI, sponsored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Last updated: April 17, 2014