At ACDI/VOCA, we recognize that each project, system, community, and individual with whom we work is unique and diverse. This requires our team members to represent our complex work not only through professional experience and knowledge but also through lived experience and identity. It takes people of all backgrounds and identities to successfully and sustainably execute our mission while addressing the racial imbalance in our industry and systemic racism more broadly.

Click on the dropdown menus below to meet our diverse and talented staff.

Board of Directors

Timothy Beans

Timothy Beans

Board Chair
Asif Shaikh-Board

Asif M. Shaikh

Board Vice Chair

Andrew Gilbert

Audit and Risk Committee Chair 
Deborah Atwood

Deborah Atwood


Erica Bliss

Charles J. Hall

Anthony Latta

Luis Sahmkow

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Guevera Yao


Sylvia Megret

President & CEO

Patricia Garamendi

Director Emeritus
Mortimer Neufville

Mortimer Neufville

Director Emeritus

Executive Team


Sylvia Megret

President and Chief Executive Officer

Bob Fries

Chief Technical Officer
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Gevorg Adamyan

Chief Integration Officer

Maura Allen

Chief Program Officer

Heidi Pilloud

Chief Financial Officer

Technical Experts

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Hayden Aaronson

Managing Director, Market & Food Systems
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Cristobal Aguilar

Senior Director of Agriculture and Community Development

Caroline Allen

Associate Director of Technical Learning
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Caroline Bailey

Technical Director, Gender and Youth

Matthew Bare

Director of Climate and Environment

Meg Buckley

Associate Director, Private Sector Engagement

Ovidiu Bujorean

Senior Technical Director of Partnerships & Investments

Geoffrey Chalmers

Senior Vice President for Partnerships and Investment, Managing Director for AV Ventures

Laura Conn

Director of Partnerships & Investment

Luca Crudeli

Senior Technical Director, Market Systems

Ydun Donahoe

Senior Technical Director of Market Systems and Governance

Valentina Echeverry

Senior Technical Director, Partnerships & Investments

Barry Elkin

Technical Director of Commodity Management

Luis Flores

Senior Technical Director, Agricultural Systems

Nicole M. Lee 

Director of Agriculture & Resilience
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Melissa Matlock

Director, Gender and Social Inclusion

Nathalie Me-Nsope

Director of Gender and Agriculture

Kathryn Merckel

Technical Director of Nutrition and Food Systems

Zenebech Mesfin

Associate Director of Gender and Social Inclusion

Paul Newall

Senior Technical Director of Partnerships & Investment

Mark Sevier

Senior Technical Director for Private Sector Engagement

Daniel Sumner

Associate Director, Gender and Youth
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Cheryl Turner

Executive Vice President of Technical Learning and Application
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Jenn Williamson

Vice President, Gender and Social Inclusion

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Yvonne Abuto

Senior Director of Capture and Proposal Management

Jyldyz Aliyas

Senior Director of Accounting

Sabrina Amburgey

Vice President of Business Development

Margaret Anderson

Senior Director of Inclusive Market Systems
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Rebekah Bakewicz

Director of Resilience & Growth

Sharon Ball

Senior Director of Procurement & Logistics
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Bo Banks

Director of Business Development, Inclusive Market Systems

Elitza Barden

Managing Director of Inclusive Market Systems 

Gelsey Bennett

Senior Director of Resilience & Growth

Stephanie Brennan

Senior Director, Technical Writing

Gregory Buchholz-White

Managing Director, Pricing, Compliance & Teaming
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Nicole Chao

Vice President of Resilience & Growth

Jill Chow

Vice President of Communications & Outreach

Sandi Crawford

Managing Director of Awards Management Services
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Emmanuel Dormon

Managing Director, Monitoring, Evaluation, Results and Learning
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David Fischer

Managing Director, Inclusive Market Systems

Jim Flock 

Managing Director, Resilience & Growth
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Carolyn Froeschl

Managing Director, Financial Systems
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Art Gandilyan

Senior Director of Inclusive Market Systems

Patricia Gbeti

Managing Director, Project Accounting

Julie Hamlin

Senior Director of Program Communications, Communications & Outreach

Anar Khalil

Senior Director of Subaward Systems Management

Tamara Ljubinkovic

Vice President of Project Operations 

Carrie McCloud

Senior Director of Communications & Outreach

Brian Meister

Senior Vice President of Corporate Compliance & Accounting

Nadia Namken

Senior Technical Director of Inclusive Market Systems
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Patrick Norrell

Senior Vice President of Inclusive Market Systems

Quanita Pokolo-Hassell

Senior Vice President of Human Resources 

Karl Rosenberg

Senior Director, Resilience & Growth
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Laura Schauble

Vice President of Risk Management and Office Operations 

Diana Shipman

Director, Global Volunteer Programs
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Mike Thayer

Senior Director of Resilience & Growth

Lucas Valente da Costa

Associate Director of Resilience & Growth

Jaha Zakhidov

Senior Director, International Human Resources and Compensation

Country Office Leadership

Melissa L. Alado

Country Director in the Philippines for the Cooperative Development Program and Philippines Country Representative

Ricardo Amaya

Chief of Party of the Honduras Transforming Market Systems Activity

Erika María Arango

Deputy Chief of Party of the Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian Empowerment (IPACE) Activity

Makrita Avjyan

Armenia Farmer-to-Farmer Program Country Director

Jean-Frederic Beauchesne

Chief of Party, USAID Zambia EDGE Activity

Dr. Ronald Blake

Chief of Party of U.S. Department of Agriculture Food for Progress Jamaica Spices

Wyanie Bright

Chief of Party, USAID Kuza

Philip Charlesworth

Chief of Party, Feed the Future Burma Agriculture and Food Systems Development Activity (AFDA)

Antonio Coello

Chief of Party of the Feed the Future Tanzania Kilimo Tija Activity
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George C. Dalire

Deputy Chief of Party of the Philippine Coffee Advancement and Farm Enterprise Project

Hiqmet Demiraj

Chief of Party of the Employment and Enterprise Development Activity

Laurent Gomis

Country Representative in Guinea and Chief of Party of the Siguiri Agricultural Development Activity and the Cooperative Development Program

Dun Grover

Deputy Chief of Party of Market Systems and Collaborating, Learning, and Adapting (CLA) for the USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems Activity 

Ana María Jimenez Cuartas

Director of Reconciliation and No Repetition of the Restoring Our Future Activity
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Glenn Lines

Chief of Party

Dr. Bidyuth Kumar Mahalder 

Chief of Party, USDA Food for Progress Bangladesh Climate Smart Livestock Project

Mulinge Mukumbu

Chief of Party of the USAID Resilience Learning Activity 

Simon Muli

Deputy Chief of Party of Expanding Economic Opportunities under the Feed the Future Kenya Livestock Market Systems Activity

Nephas Munyeche

Chief of Party of the Feed the Future Mozambique Integrated Resilience in Nutrition and Agriculture Activity
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Jimena Niño

Chief of Party of Youth Resilience Activity and Colombia Country Representative

Alex Pavlovic

Chief of Party, Big Small Business Project

Giovanny Cuero Rincón

Deputy Chief of Party of Programs for the USAID/Honduras Transforming Market Systems Activity
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T.J. Ryan

Chief of Party of Philippine Coffee Advancement and Farm Enterprise Project 

Joe Sanders

Chief of Party of the Feed the Future Kenya Livestock Market Systems Activity

Luis Alberto Sevillano Boya

Chief of Party of the Indigenous Peoples and Afro-Colombian Empowerment Activity

Mohammad Shahroz Jalil

Chief of Party of the Market Driven Rural Development Activity
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Muhammad Nurul Amin Siddiquee

Chief of Party of Feed the Future Bangladesh Livestock and Nutrition Activity and Bangladesh Country Representative

Regis Terrien

Chief of Party of Victory Against Malnutrition Plus Project 

Thelonious Trimmell

Chief of Party of the Feed the Future Honduras Food Security, Agriculture, and Resilient Market Systems (FARMS) Activity

Sophie Walker

Chief of Party of the Laos Microenterprise Activity 

Aijamal Ypyshova

Agribusiness Partnerships Lead, Kyrgyz Republic

Nazgulmira Arynova

The Kyrgyz Republic Farmer-to-Farmer Program Country Director

Magda Menabde

Georgia Farmer-to-Farmer Program Country Director