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Jerry O’Brien is director of the Center for Data, Analytics and Research in USAID’s U.S. Global Development Lab. In this role, he oversees the Agency’s efforts to analyze and use data, including geospatial and futures analytics. As co-chair of the Information Governance Council, he provides strategic and policy guidance on the use of data to advance development outcomes.
Formerly the deputy director of the Office of Science and Technology, he was instrumental in establishing the GeoCenter and the Research and Innovation Fellows Program. From 2006 to 2010, O’Brien was the deputy division chief of the Global Development Alliance, for which he managed the contracting mechanism and provided administrative oversight, training design and other technical services in the public-private partnership arena.
From 2001 to 2006, O’Brien was the senior anticorruption adviser in the Office of Democracy and Governance, where he managed the Agency’s anticorruption contracting mechanism. He was a major author of the Agency’s 2005 anticorruption strategy and managed its implementation. He also crafted and delivered training programs across the Agency and provided technical assistance and program design advice to missions on anticorruption programs.
Prior to joining USAID, O’Brien was director of international programs at the Ethics Resource Center where he served as a consultant to multinational corporations in the design and management of ethics programs. Clients included corporations, non-profit institutions and the World Bank. He oversaw the establishment and expansion of the Center’s international department, which established NGOs in Columbia, Russia, South Africa, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates to focus on organizational ethics in business and government as well as values education programs.
O’Brien has a Bachelor’s Degree and a Master’s Degree in business administration from the University of Connecticut. He speaks French, Italian and Spanish.
Last updated: April 17, 2014