Margaret Anderson

Director of Programs

Margaret Anderson brings a decade of development expertise and program management experience in Africa and the former Soviet Union to CNFA. This includes a range of USAID grants under contract as well as German GIZ-funded in-kind grant activities.

As CNFA’s Program Director of the $32 million USAID-funded Feed the Future Rwanda Hinga Weze project and Feed the Future Nigeria Agribusiness Investment Activity, Anderson leads program implementation strategy and contractual compliance with the Washington, D.C. program management unit. Prior to leading the Hinga Weze team, Margaret served as Program Director of the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer Program in Southern Africa in Angola, Malawi, and Mozambique. She joined CNFA in 2016 as a Senior Program Officer responsible for a $45 million portfolio of agriculture projects in Ethiopia, including the Feed the Future Farm Service Center Project and Agriculture Growth Program-Livestock Market Development Project. The Livestock Market Development Project, which ended in 2018, increased Ethiopia’s livestock exports by over $19 million and attracted more than $14 million in private investment to the sector. Her field-based experience includes both long- and short-term assignments in Ethiopia, Georgia, Russia, Rwanda, and Uganda.

Anderson’s past experience includes managing a $23 million USAID-funded private health sector contract in Uganda and coordinating the closeout of a USAID-funded governance project in Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Prior to this, she lived in Russia for two years, where she managed an exchange program for American college students in St. Petersburg. A U.S. Fulbright alumna, Margaret speaks fluent English, Russian, and German, conversational Spanish, and basic Georgian. She holds a Master of Business Administration in General Management and Economics from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.