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Carol Peasley

Carol Peasley is former President and CEO of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA), an international non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with women leaders and community partners to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries. She is a recognized expert in international development, having served at senior levels within the U.S. government including as Counselor to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
Carol is an independent, international development consultant. Most recently, she served as the President and CEO of the Centre for Development and Population Activities (CEDPA) for four years, 2008-2012. She had a highly successful, 30-plus year career with USAID. She held senior positions in Washington and overseas, including as USAID Mission Director in both Malawi (1988-93) and the Russian Federation (1999-2003), and as Counselor to the Agency and Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa in Washington. This included two years as Acting Assistant Administrator for Africa (1996-98). She also had overseas assignments in Nepal, Thailand, and Costa Rica.
Besides serving on the board of CEDPA for three years prior to becoming President and CEO, she served on the boards of Opportunities Industrialization Centers International (OICI) and the USAID Alumni Association, and also worked as a Senior Advisor at the Financial Services Volunteer Corps. She is currently on the board of ShoreBank International, a consulting firm focused on inclusive finance. She holds a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a M.S. in Development Economics from Sussex University in the United Kingdom, and a M.S. in Management from the Stanford Graduate School of Business (Sloan Program).