Cindy Huang

President and Chair

Cindy Huang is vice president of strategic outreach at Refugees International. She develops and leads initiatives to build local, state, and national support for improved protection and outcomes for displaced people—both in the United States and around the world. As a senior executive in government and nonprofit sectors, Cindy has led major policy and outreach initiatives on pressing global issues, including forced displacement, food security, and conflict prevention. Previously, she was co-director of migration, displacement, and humanitarian policy, and senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, where she managed a team conducting research and outreach on more effective responses to protracted displacement. While in government, Cindy served as deputy vice president for sector operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, director of policy of the State Department’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations, and senior advisor to the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff. In her latter role, Cindy managed and represented the interagency leadership team of Feed the Future, a presidential initiative launched by a $3.5 billion commitment to agricultural development and food security. Cindy has also worked for Doctors Without Borders in Kenya, South Sudan, and Nigeria, as well as the Human Development Center in Pakistan.

She holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Public Affairs from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School, and a Bachelor of Arts in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University.

Follow her on Twitter: @Cindy_Y_Huang.