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Winrock International announces new board member

May 23, 2023 — Winrock International, the U.S.-based national and international economic development organization, today announced the appointment of Beth Dunford to its board of directors.

“Winrock is thrilled to welcome Beth Dunford to our board,” said Winrock President and CEO Rodney Ferguson. “Beth is renowned for her expertise and acumen in sustainable development both on the policy and practice side. She has decades of senior-level experience formerly with USAID, and now leads the African Development Bank’s strategy and lending in agriculture, water, sanitation, education, gender equity and other critical areas. Her depth of knowledge and experience are invaluable as Winrock’s global portfolio steadily expands.”

Dunford is vice president for agriculture, human and social development at ADB, where she is responsible for strategy, lending and other activities in agriculture, water and sanitation, education, and health, as well as bank-wide work on employment and gender equity. She also leads the bank’s multi-billion dollar response to the COVID pandemic in Africa. She has held senior leadership positions in the U.S. government, has managed large programs working with the private sector, civil society and multilaterals, and has worked with African governments to deliver agricultural, social and human development impact at scale. Dunford served as assistant to the administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Resilience and Food Security and as deputy coordinator for development for Feed the Future, the USG’s global hunger and food security initiative. Dunford previously served as director of USAID’s mission in Nepal, where she led the USG’s health, education, agriculture and environment programs as well as its contribution to Nepal’s massive earthquake recovery and reconstruction effort; she has also directed USAID programs in Afghanistan and Ethiopia.

About Winrock International
Winrock is a recognized leader in U.S. and international development with a focus on social, agricultural and environmental issues. Inspired by its namesake, Winthrop Rockefeller, Winrock combines scientific and technical expertise with entrepreneurial innovation to deliver market-based solutions that improve lives around the world. Winrock’s mission is to empower the disadvantaged, increase economic opportunity and sustain natural resources across the globe.


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