Dawn Thomas, Projects Committee Chair
Dawn Thomas consults for several international development organizations on strategic planning, institutional capacity building, and the design of complex economic growth programs. In 2014, she capped a 30-year career with the United States Agency for International Development as a counselor in the United States Foreign Service having worked in over 20 countries in Africa, Asia, and South America. In Afghanistan, Dawn led the United States Government’s $1 billion military and civilian investments in agriculture and chaired a group of multinational agriculture donors. In Egypt, she led the restructuring of a $500 million portfolio to emphasize sustainable rural incomes. In Botswana, Dawn led an 11-country, multi-sector, regional platform for southern Africa that expanded trade under the Africa Growth and Opportunities Act. Dawn served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad and Senegal. She holds master’s degrees in agricultural economics from the University of Kentucky and public policy from the National Defense University.