Cindy Huang is a senior leader in humanitarian and refugee response and global development with more than 20 years of experience in government and non-profit sectors. She currently serves as the Director of the Office of Policy at USAID. Before that, she was the Director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement at the Department of Health and Human Services, where she led the humanitarian response to the arrival of a historic number of unaccompanied children from Central America and oversaw the delivery of social and integration services to Afghan evacuees.
Previously, as part of the executive teams at Refugees International and the Center for Global Development, Ms. Huang built the evidence base and shaped policies on refugee inclusion around the world. While at Refugees International, she founded the Refugee Advocacy Lab, an initiative with more than two dozen partners that grows the diverse constituency for US leadership on refugee welcome and protection.
During the Obama administration, Ms. Huang worked at the State Department on the design and implementation of Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and on analytical tools and programs to prevent and reduce conflict. She also served as deputy vice president for sector operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, where she was responsible for a $2 billion portfolio to reduce poverty and advance gender and social inclusion. Ms. Huang lives in Washington, DC with her husband, two children, and kitty. Follow Cindy Huang on X at @Cindy_Y_Huang.
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