Susan G. Schram

Senior Associate (Non-resident), Global Food Security Project
Associated Programs: Global Food Security Project

Sue Schram is a consultant in global food security and a senior partner at SP Consulting. She has held leadership positions in government, universities, associations, nongovernmental organizations, research and development firms, and consulting organizations. Most recently, she served as vice president at ACDI/VOCA, a Washington-based global development organization. She received B.S. and M.A. degrees from Michigan State University and began her career there in extension administration. She moved to Washington to work for the U.S. Department of Agriculture as staff to the Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland, she represented land-grant universities on Capitol Hill in international affairs. She directed the Food and Agriculture Program for Columbia University’s Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network and served as deputy director of its Washington operations. She was founding executive director of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa and founding cochair of the Coalition for Agricultural Development. She currently serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Alliance to End Hunger and on the Advisory Board of the Initiative for Global Development.

Dr. Schram is a past president of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development, currently chairs its Education and Advocacy Committee, and serves as its Washington representative. The association recently granted its 50th Anniversary President’s Award to her, the first such award in its history. She served (2010-2016) as a trustee on the Board of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas, one of 15 global research centers of CGIAR. In 2015, she led the U.S. advocacy team to secure continued World Bank funding for CGIAR. She is author or coauthor of numerous papers in the field.

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