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Senior Director Tracy Shanks

Tracy Shanks is an international development leader with 22 years of experience in private sector development, trade and investment, business enabling environment, democracy and governance, strategy, and program management. Previously, Ms. Shanks served as the senior vice president of the Afghanistan and South America regions at Chemonics and as a four-time chief of party for USAID projects. She led a procurement MCC Threshold program focused on improvement and efficiencies of federal government business services and investment promotion in Paraguay, a firm level assistance program in Azerbaijan, a transitions initiative program in Libya. Additionally, as chief of party in the West Bank, she worked to implement big data revenue management systems, tools, and business reforms that promoted private sector development. Ms. Shanks has an M.B.A. in international business from the Thunderbird School of Global Management and a B.A. in international affairs from George Washington University.

by Tracy Shanks


Three Models that Ensure Private Sector Engagement

This post originally appeared on Devex. Donor agencies, such as the United States Agency for International Development and the United Kingdom’s Department for International Development, have made private sector engagement, or PSE, a key element of their development strategies. Being more intentional about including the private sector in development is good news. Over the years,…

3 Questions with Tracy Shanks: Lighting the Investment Spark

You’ve had experience stimulating investment in different countries, from Paraguay to Palestine. What are some ways that you’ve attracted investors in your career? I’ve been able to work directly with businesses to attract investment on a few different projects, and this is frequently one of my favorite project components. For example, both the USAID Poverty…