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Susan G. Schram

Sue Schram is a consultant in global agricultural development policy, analysis and advocacy, and in developing private sector strategic partnerships necessary to facilitate success in international agricultural development efforts. Her experience includes senior leadership positions in government, universities, associations, NGOs, research and development firms, and consulting organizations. She is author or co-author of numerous publications, policy analysis papers and related articles on global food security issues. In 2018 she was appointed by the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) as a Senior Associate. She also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Alliance to End Hunger, on the Advisory Board of the Initiative for Global Development, and on the Agriculture Research Science Advisory Group at the Lugar Center.


From 2000-2013 Sue served as Vice President of ACDI/VOCA, a Washington-based global development organization. At ACDI/VOCA she worked in the areas of Congressional and federal agency relations, university and private sector partnership strategy, global cooperative development, event fund raising, and with the President on matters related to the Board of Directors. While serving on the Board of Directors of the US Overseas Cooperative Development Council (OCDC) and as chair of its Development Committee, she completed the report “Cooperatives: Pathways to Economic, Democratic and Social Development in the Global Economy.” The report is recognized as a leading reference and helped drive greater cooperation among, and increased funding for, US-based providers of overseas cooperative development assistance.


Sue began her career working with Michigan State University in County and State Extension Administration. She moved to Washington, DC to work for the Assistant Secretary for Science and Education at the US Department of Agriculture as staff to the Joint Council on Food and Agricultural Sciences, a Congressionally-mandated priority setting group for science and education in food and agriculture. After completing her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland she represented the National Association of State Universities and Land-grant Colleges (NASULGC) on Capitol Hill in International Affairs. She directed the Food and Agriculture Program for Columbia University’s Consortium for International Earth Science Information Network (CIESIN), and served as Deputy Director of CIESIN’s Washington Operations. She was founding Executive Director of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa, a US-Africa public/private partnership. She founded and served as co-chair of the Coalition for Agricultural Development (CFAD) which included US businesses, universities, non-government organizations, faith-based groups and associations in support of increasing Foreign Operations Appropriations for international agriculture.


Sue is Past President of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD), chaired its Education and Advocacy Committee, and served as its Washington representative. The association connects professionals worldwide in universities, NGOs and private sector companies working on agricultural development and hunger alleviation. AIARD honored her service with its 50th Anniversary President’s Award for service to the global agricultural community; the only time in the organization’s 50-year history that it had granted such an award. She is co-author of AIARD publications such as Food: The Whole World’s Business, which defines the mutual benefits of the US investment in global agricultural development to both developing countries and the US, and SMART Investments in International Agriculture and Rural Development, a 2017 AIARD publication to inform the Farm Bill debate and foreign assistance appropriations decisions.


Dr. Schram served for six years (2010-2016) as a Trustee on the Board of the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. ICARDA is one of 15 global research centers in the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR). ICARDA is dedicated to reducing rural poverty, increasing food security, improving human health and nutrition, and ensuring sustainable management of natural resources, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa. The CGIAR system works globally in collaboration with national and regional research institutes, civil society organizations, academia, and the private sector. In 2015 Sue led the US-based advocacy effort to restore the World Bank’s $30 mil. commitment to CGIAR, and later served as a consultant to the CGIAR System Management Office.