Sally Rey Parkinson

Sally Rey Parkinson has over a decade of experience working directly on foreign policy and development issues and has studied or worked in Africa, Asia, and Latin America. She is currently employed at USAID’s Bureau for Food Security (BFS) in Washington, D.C., which leads the whole of government Feed the Future Initiative, and has also worked in the Bureau for Global Health, the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, and the USAID Mission in Dakar, Senegal.

Prior to joining USAID, she spent over three and a half years tasked to foreign policy, development, defense, immigration, trade, and veterans’ affairs issues on Capitol Hill for the then Ranking Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Subcommittee East Asian and Pacific Affairs, which took her to Japan, Taiwan, Ft. Irwin, and various locations in Alaska. She also has experience working for the International Rescue Committee, the Global Health Council, the U.S. Department of the Interior, and at a law firm.

She completed her Master’s in International Affairs at GWU’s Elliott School, concentrating in Global Health Policy, and her undergraduate education at Tulane University in New Orleans, double majoring in International Relations and Latin American History. She spent the summer between her junior and senior year on a Tulane volunteer trip and field study to northern India where she worked with Tibetan refugees, which she credits with instilling in her a strong passion for development issues. She currently resides in Arlington, VA.

Twitter: @SalCary

Disclaimer: Sally’s work with WHES is solely in her personal capacity and cannot be construed as official USAID endorsement of any positions or actions taken by WHES or of any material posted on its website.

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