Since joining CNFA in February as our Food Security and Livelihoods Technical Lead, Ms. Cowan has made distinguished contributions to our team by bringing a new level of professionalism, expertise and innovation to enhance our new business development efforts. Ms. Cowan has more than 24 years of experience in development with a focus on food security and livelihood strengthening. Before joining CNFA, Ms. Cowan previously served as the Sustainable Food and Agriculture Systems Director for International Relief Development, Inc., (IRD), the Deputy Resident Country Director in Mali for a $465 million contract for the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), a Peace Corps Country Director in Benin, and as Country Director in Niger and Mali for Africare. Ms. Cowan began her career as an Agriculture Peace Corps volunteer in Lesotho.
Ms. Cowan brings experience in more than 10 developing countries, is proficient in French and contributes skills in program design and management, training and capacity building. Ms. Cowan holds a Master of International and Intercultural Management with a dual concentration in Sustainable Development and Training from the School for International Training (SIT).