Updated: Dec 6, 2022
As senior international higher education advisor for the Emerging Threats Division at the Bureau for Global Health, Marilyn Crane came to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
with more than fifteen years of leadership in nonprofit organizations, including 13 years of experience managing international higher education development programs funded by USAID and the U.S. Department of State. She currently is responsible for providing management oversight for USAID’s One Health Workforce - Next Generation project, which is active in 17 countries in Africa and Asia. She also contributes to USAID's TRANSFORM project as a member of its project management team.
Prior to joining USAID in May 2016, Marilyn served as senior program specialist at Higher Education for Development (HED), where she managed higher education partnership programs between colleges and universities in the United States and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Armenia, and Haiti focused on women’s leadership and empowerment, public health, civic education, small- and medium-enterprise development, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Before HED, Marilyn worked at the International Women’s Forum as associate director of programs and the Aspen Institute’s International Peace, Security, & Prosperity Program as program coordinator.
Marilyn earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies, with a correlate in French, from Vassar College and studied economics and political science at L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris. She also holds a master's degree in public administration with a concentration in public policy analysis from American University.