Carla Koppell is the vice president for the Center for Applied Conflict Transformation at the United States Institute of Peace. She previously was chief strategy officer (CSO) for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to serving as CSO, Koppell served as USAID’s first senior coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment and as a senior advisor to the USAID Administrator.
Koppell brings to the position twenty-five years of experience working in a wide range of sectors for public, private and non-governmental organizations internationally. Prior to joining USAID, Koppell directed The Institute for Inclusive Security and the Washington, D.C. office of Hunt Alternatives Fund. She also was a senior advisor and, prior to that, interim director of the Conflict Prevention Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Earlier in her career, Koppell served as Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Affairs for the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development. She also worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
Koppell authored Preventing the Next Wave of Conflict: Understanding Non-Traditional Threats to Global Security with Anita Sharma. She received her M.A. in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and her B.S. from Cornell University.