Cindy Y. Huang has 15 years of experience in development policy, practice and research, including four years based in Africa and Asia. She earned a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics from Yale College. As the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Deputy Vice President for Sector Operations in the Department of Compact Operations, Dr. Huang is in charge of policies, standards and processes in key programmatic and operational areas. She manages teams responsible for MCC’s investments in agriculture, land, education, health and community-driven development. In addition, she oversees fiscal accountability, procurement and contracts support and ensures that social inclusion and gender equality principles are integrated into the design and implementation of MCC’s programs.
Prior to joining MCC in 2014, Dr. Huang was the director of policy at the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO), where she led a team that developed analysis, strategy and policy on conflict prevention and mitigation around the world. From 2009 to 2012, she served as senior advisor to the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff and the Office of Global Hunger and Food Security, coordinating the interagency leadership team of Feed the Future, a presidential initiative launched by a $3.5 billion, three-year commitment to agricultural development and improved nutrition.
Previously, Dr. Huang worked for Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors Without Borders as the finance and human resources manager of an HIV/AIDS treatment program in Kenya and as an emergency administrator in China, Nigeria and South Sudan. She also served as a research fellow at the Human Development Center in Pakistan, where she contributed to a report on development and gender in South Asia.