Christopher Maloney

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Assistant to the Administrator

Chris Maloney is the Assistant to the Administrator of the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning (PPL). In this capacity, he leads the development and institutionalization of the Agency's new strategic approach focused on building countries' abilities to plan, finance, and implement solutions to solve their own development challenges -- known as "the Journey to Self-Reliance". This includes ensuring that the self-reliance concept is embedded Agency-wide through the effective operationalization of USAID's Program Cycle, strengthening the Agency’s capacity to build and use evidence, and advancing U.S. interests through partnerships with traditional donors, emerging economies, and selective engagements with multilateral institutions. From January to August 2020, Mr. Maloney temporarily stepped back from PPL and was the Acting Assistant Administrator in USAID's Bureau for Africa, where he oversaw 47 countries and 8 regional programs in sub-Saharan Africa, including the COVID-19 response. He returned to leading PPL in August 2020.

Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Maloney spent five years at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), where he was the Managing Director for Country Selection and Eligibility. In this capacity, he oversaw the management of MCC’s annual country selection process and all issues related to country eligibility. Additionally he led numerous strategy-related efforts, including thinking through the continued evolution of MCC's unique development assistance model.

Mr. Maloney also spent five years with McKinsey & Company in Johannesburg, South Africa and Washington, D.C., where he focused primarily on agriculture, mining, and pharmaceutical clients in both the public and private sectors, including consulting on numerous Feed the Future strategies at various USAID Missions in Africa. Prior to McKinsey, he worked with Genesis Analytics, a South African economics consultancy based in Johannesburg, as well as in the Office of African Nations at the U.S. Department of the Treasury in Washington, DC.

Mr. Maloney holds an MBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a bachelor’s degree in Economics and African/African-American Studies from Stanford University.