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Julie Howard

Senior Adviser, Michigan State University

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Julie Howard is senior adviser to the associate provost and dean for international studies and programs at Michigan State University. She directs MSU’s new Ag Youth Lab, providing leadership in the area of economic and skills development for youth in the transforming agrifoods systems of sub-Saharan Africa.  Dr. Howard’s responsibilities also include advancing the university’s international strategy by developing and strengthening external partnerships, especially relating to sub-Saharan Africa.

From 2011 to 2014, Dr. Howard served as the first chief scientist in the Bureau for Food Security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and as senior adviser to the USAID administrator on agricultural research, extension, and education. At USAID, Dr. Howard directed the research, policy, and human and institutional capacity development programs of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative. Previously, she was Feed the Future’s deputy coordinator for development, with responsibility for initiative-wide strategy and policy development, budget management, monitoring and evaluation, interagency coordination, and enhancing donor and nongovernmental organization engagement.

Before joining USAID, Dr. Howard served from 2003 to 2011 as chief executive officer for the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, a Washington, D.C.-based nongovernmental research and advocacy organization. From 1994 to 2011, she was adjunct and visiting assistant professor of international development at Michigan State University. She serves on a number of boards and advisory committees related to global food security, and is Senior Adviser (non-resident) at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Howard holds a B.A. from the George Washington University and a Ph.D. in agricultural economics from Michigan State University. She was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic.