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Lona Stoll is the Acting Director of the Center for Mission Engagement and Operations in the U.S. Global Development Lab, where she oversees the Lab's human talent and financial investments, and operational innovations. She also provides Lab Front Office leadership to two of the Lab's priority efforts to advance Agency initiatives (Beyond the Grid and Feed the Future). She previously served as Director of the Center for Global Solutions in the Lab, and senior advisor to the USAID Administrator coordinating the establishment of the Lab.
Prior to these roles in the Lab, Stoll was acting deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, the U.S. Government's global hunger and food security initiative; senior adviser on global food security for Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack; and chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service. Stoll also served as a foreign affairs officer at the U.S. Department of State. During her time at State, Stoll led multiple interagency planning and conflict response teams, ranging from Georgia to Haiti. In 2007, she served as the planning and assistance coordinator at the U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo and in 2009 deployed to Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Stoll’s background includes designing and teaching courses in interagency planning and crisis response operations at the Foreign Service Institute. She has also served on the U.S. Central Command's Assessment Team, was a research associate at the National Defense University, and worked in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. In addition to her federal service, Stoll worked for the New York City Department of Education's Office of the Auditor General, and as a congressional fellow for Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.).
Stoll received a Bachelor’s Degree in economics and political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and a Master’s Degree in international affairs, international security policy from Columbia University.
Last updated: January 29, 2016