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Aramis Penland
Deputy Chief of Party, USAID FEWS NET , Chemonics International
Washington, DC, United States
A leader of USAID food security and conflict projects with 13 years of experience, 74 countries travelled, and field assignments in 13 countries in Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa. High level leadership and management of 400 staff in 25 country offices for USAID FEWS NET, diplomatic engagements with UN, EU, and foreign government leaders, and extensive budgeting and grants experience.
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Area of Expertise:
  • Administration, Management, Finance/Accounting, Procurement
  • Agriculture, Livelihoods, Microfinance, Rural
  • Director, CEO, COP, President
  • Disaster, Aid, Emergencies, Relief
  • Human Rights, Law, Migration, Conflicts, Justice
Professional Experience:
From a young age, my mother’s status as a Vietnamese refugee and my father’s neurological disability (and death) encouraged me to pursue a career in service. Knowing that I first needed to see the world before I could help the world, while at UC Berkeley, I exchanged textbooks for study abroad experiences in South Africa and China as well as volunteer experiences at the iThemba Lethu AIDS Orphanage and African Library Project. Since graduating - 13 years and 74 countries traveled later - I have continued developing my passions for service and experiential learning through numerous leadership, analysis, and advisory roles in both the public and private sectors.

At Packard, Packard & Johnson, I helped Department of Justice officials tackle high profile corporate whistleblower cases. At AKE, I wrote intelligence briefings on security risks for Fortune 500 companies operating in conflict zones in Africa. At the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, I led a team of consultants propose innovative ways for governments to tackle procurement issues in Africa.

Since joining Chemonics, I have continued to learn: about cultural diversity through USAID and OTI conflict, stabilization, and food security-focused field assignments in Afghanistan, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Haiti, Iraq, Kenya, Lebanon, Rwanda, Senegal, Somalia, South Sudan, and Turkey; about politics and negotiation through meetings with United Nations, European Union, and foreign government leaders; about management through oversight of 400 staff in 25 country offices for USAID FEWS NET.

My continuing education, however, has not only occurred within the context of my job: in 2017, I studied AI and algorithms at MIT; in 2018 I studied business strategy at Harvard Business School; in 2019, I developed ethics and communications skills as a Leadership Fellow at CSIS; and in 2020, I joined the Department of State’s Fulbright Specialist roster to undertake diplomatic exchanges with foreign institutions over the next five years.
1) Harvard Business School - Certificate in Disruptive Strategy (2018)
2) MIT - Certificate in Data Science (2017)
3) London School of Economics & Political Science - Masters of Science in Development Management (2011)
4) University of California, Berkeley - Bachelor's of Arts in Development Studies (2008)
Affiliations and Achievements:
- Affiliations
1) Mensa (member)
2) Lunchclub (member)
3) Bright Beginnings (volunteer)

- Achievements
1) UN Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Acute Level 1, Version 3.0 trained
2) USAID OTI Certificate of Appreciation from Acting Director Stephen Lennon for field leadership provided in Lebanon
3) USAID OTI Field Team of the Year Award

Available for:
  • Consulting assignments
  • Job opportunities
  • Internships / Fellowships

    Years of Experience:
    10-15 years
    Highest Qualification:
    United States
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