Katie Murray is a program management specialist with a decade of agricultural development experience and technical focus on regenerative agriculture, nutrition-sensitive agriculture, resilience, and market systems development. Murray’s field-based experience includes assignments in Burkina Faso, Ghana, Mali, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.
Since joining CNFA in 2012, she has held various positions within the business development and program management teams, supporting CNFA’s portfolio of projects through design, start-up, implementation, and close-out activities.
As director, Programs, Murray leads dynamic teams that support the implementation of USAID, USDA, and GIZ-funded activities in West Africa, including the $14.6 million Maximizing Opportunities in Cocoa Activity (MOCA), the $19.3 million Liberia Agribusiness Development Activity, the $23.1 million West Africa PRO-Cashew Project, the $19.6 million USAID Yidgiri activity, the $29.5 million USAID Yalwa activity, and the €800,000 and €300,000 Green Innovation Centers in Agriculture (GIA) and Green Innovation Centers for the Agriculture and Food Sector (GIC) activities based in Côte d’Ivoire.
In previous roles at CNFA, Murray supported the $60.6 million USAID/Food for Peace Amalima program in Zimbabwe where she worked with the team to develop an impactful drought-response strategy, deliver results to beneficiaries and the donor, and receive a two-year cost extension. Murray also brings practical agribusiness experience to her development perspective, having developed and implemented a range of business systems and marketing strategies for a 1,500-acre, 100% grass-fed and grass-finished grazing operation in Warrenton, Virginia during its second year of operation.
Murray holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations with a focus on environment and development from Boston University, and a certificate in Irrigated Agriculture in Times of Climate Change from the Galilee International Management Institute. She speaks French at an advanced level.