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Cindy Y. Huang, PhD, MPA

Co-director of Migration, Displacement, and Humanitarian Policy and Senior Policy Fellow, Center for Global Development, 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.

Dr. Huang has done significant work in the management of development projects and programs. At the Center for Global Development, she leads research and policy outreach to advance sustainable solutions to forced displacement and refugee crises and develops recommendations for multilateral organizations, donors, host governments and the U.S. Government. Prior to that, Dr. Huang was deputy vice president for sector operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she led the strategic direction and technical oversight of a $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 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 the 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.