Cindy Y. Huang, PhD, MPAVice President of Strategic Outreach, Refugees International, Washington, DC
Cindy Y. Huang has deep experience in international development. She specializes in issues related to refugees and displacement, fragile and conflict-affected states, gender equality and development effectiveness. As a senior executive in government and nonprofit sectors, Dr. Huang has led major policy and outreach initiatives on pressing global issues, including forced displacement, food security and conflict prevention.
At Refugees International, Dr. Huang 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. Previously, she was co-director of migration, displacement and humanitarian policy, and senior policy fellow at the Center for Global Development, where she led research and policy outreach to advance sustainable solutions to forced displacement and refugee crises and developed recommendations for multilateral organizations, donors, host governments and the U.S. Government.
Dr. Huang has served as deputy vice president for sector operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she led the strategic direction and technical oversight of a US$2 billion portfolio of social sector investments. She also served in the Obama Administration as director of policy for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations. As senior advisor to the State Department’s counselor and chief of staff, Dr. Huang managed the interagency leadership team of Feed the Future, a presidential initiative to support agricultural development and food security. Dr. Huang has also worked for Doctors Without Borders in Kenya, South Sudan and Nigeria, and the Human Development Center in Pakistan.
Dr. Huang received a bachelor’s degree in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University, a master’s degree in public administration from Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and a doctoral degree in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley.
Dr. Huang joined the FHI 360 Board of Directors in 2018 and chairs the Program Impact Committee.