Cindy Huang

global development expert

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Washington, DC
Eastern Time (US & Canada)


Cindy Huang is an independent consultant and a visiting policy fellow at the Center for Global Development. She works on issues related to development effectiveness, fragile and conflict-affected states, and strengthening US development policy. Most recently, Huang was the Deputy Vice President for Sector Operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation where she oversaw the strategic direction and implementation of a $2 billion portfolio. She also served in the Obama Administration as the director of policy of the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and as senior advisor to the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff. In her latter role, Huang managed the interagency leadership team of Feed the Future, a presidential initiative launched by a $3.5 billion, three-year commitment to agricultural development and food security. Previously, Huang worked for Doctors Without Borders and the Human Development Center in Pakistan. She has a PhD in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPA from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a BA in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.