Kristen Cordell

Adjunct Fellow (Non-resident), Project on Prosperity and Development

Kristen Cordell is a senior policy adviser on security and development policy for the Policy, Planning and Learning Bureau at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), where she works on the development response to Chinese foreign assistance, humanitarian coordination, and stabilization. She is currently on a one-year national security fellowship supported by the Council on Foreign Relations’ International Affairs Fellowship program. In her previous role at USAID, she supported the agency's two largest development portfolios—Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2016, she was detailed to the U.S. government’s participation in the World Humanitarian Summit and the presidents' meeting on migration at the UN General Assembly. Prior to USAID, Ms. Cordell supported UN development programs in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Liberia, and Lebanon. She has authored several reports on the role of inclusive post-conflict reconstruction and has been a guest contributor for New America and the Guardian. In 2012, she was seconded to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Vienna, Austria. She is a co-chair of the Term Member Advisory Committee at the Council on Foreign Relations and a fellow of the Truman National Security Project.