Charlie Bailey

Director, Programs

Charlie Bailey has over a decade of experience in program management and international development, with a focus on agriculture, conflict mitigation, and policy analysis. His experience includes working on activities ranging from grassroots and community-led interventions to ministerial-level support and capacity building.

Bailey joined CNFA in 2019 as a senior program officer, supporting projects in Georgia. As director, Programs, he manages program implementation for the $8 million USAID-funded Georgia Hazelnut Improvement Project (G-HIP), the $23 million USAID Agriculture Program in Georgia, the $15 million Private Sector Activity in Azerbaijan, the $8 million Pakistan Agricultural Technology Transfer Activity in Pakistan and the $19 million Feed the Future Mali Sugu Yiriwa in the Southern Regions.

Prior to joining CNFA, Bailey managed a portfolio of programs across Mali, Benin, Jordan, and Senegal for private foundations, and U.S. and international donors, including USAID, USDA, and DFID. These programs ranged from gender equity and civic engagement to early-grade education and peacebuilding. Bailey also served as a national security analyst for SAIC, providing crisis planning support, humanitarian assistance training, disaster relief, and consequence management at the state, federal, and international level.

Bailey holds a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy with a focus on development economics and human security from the Fletcher School at Tufts University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Duke University. He also served in the Peace Corps as a natural resource management volunteer in Mali and speaks intermediate Bambara and French.