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Staff

Bob Rabatsky
  • Program Director

Bob has more than 25 years of experience designing, managing, and evaluating USAID and multilateral economic development programs. Previously, he was Fintrac's senior vice president.

Andrew Bracken
  • Partnership Specialist

Andrew provides technical, research, and grants support. Previously, he supported USG-funded economic development and education programs and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cape Verde and Mozambique.

Elisa Burrows
  • Mission Partnerships Specialist

Elisa provides research, technical, and grants support to the mission partnerships. Previously, she provided operational and subaward management support to climate change initiatives in Southeast Asia and Africa.

Kate Granger
  • Deputy Program Director

Kate provides financial, compliance, and client management support and manages the program's systems and operations. She has a decade of experience in agriculture and has worked in East Africa and Latin America.

Jamie Holbrook
  • Communications Manager

Jamie is responsible for Partnering for Innovation's communication strategy and implementation. Some of her previous accomplishments include successfully developing and executing agricultural and organizational development projects by working with multicultural, multi-stakeholder teams in rural Tanzania.

Robert de Jongh
  • Tech Commercialization & Models Lead

Robert provides strategic analysis and program management to investors, venture firms, and commercial companies who sell agriculture technology to smallholder farmers. He has more than two decades of experience in advising businesses on how to succeed in emerging markets.

Matthew Krause
  • Partnership Development Lead

Matthew has an extensive 20-year career in both commercial business and agricultural international development program leadership. He holds an International MBA.

Brenna McKay
  • Technology Commercialization Lead

Brenna oversees program investments by establishing and managing the competitive solicitation process, negotiating performance targets, and managing private sector partnerships. Previously, she was based in the West Bank on the USAID-funded Investment Climate Improvement project.

Laura Ostenso
  • Knowledge Exchange Lead

Laura identifies and develops knowledge management and communication strategies in support of Feed the Future Partnering for Innovation's goals and activities, and builds learning communities that strengthen commercial solutions to development challenges.

Mark Sevier
  • Partnership Manager

Mark provides research, technical and grants support. He has more than six years' experience providing management, technical, and grants support to agriculture market development programs in Africa and South Asia.

Hanna Willwerth
  • Program Assistant

Hanna provides operational, communications, and subaward management support to FTF-PI staff. She has prior experience supporting multiple projects operating in Central America as an intern with Fintrac, and holds degrees in international development and mass communication and journalism.

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