Executive Director, Practice Lead for Economic Development and Democracy and Governance
Anne Simmons-Benton is an international development expert and attorney with more than 30 years of experience driving private sector development, promoting sustainable economic growth, and increasing employment in 32 countries. She has managed and led complex and critical U.S. government priorities including the World Trade Organization’s Integrated Framework for Least Developed Countries focusing on Africa, the Regional Investment Initiative under Gore-Chernomyridin in Russia, the Stability Pact in the Balkans, and the Central American Free Trade negotiations. She also supported the Presidential Initiative on Trade Capacity Building while serving at USAID and the World Trade Organization. Her efforts have spurred the growth of national industries ranging from financial services to software to energy. Anne is an experienced manager, having successfully led 22 projects on behalf of USAID in multiple senior roles, the Department of Commerce as Senior Counsel for Southeast Europe, Booz Allen as Trade and Gender Portfolio Lead, and Development Alternatives International as Global Practice Lead for Trade and Regulatory Reform and Gender practices. She earned her B.A. in International Affairs from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and J.D. from the Antioch School of Law, and holds a Change Management Advanced Practitioner Certificate from the Georgetown McDonough School of Business.