The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation announced that Chris Maloney has joined the foundation as a Program Officer in its Gender Equity and Governance Program. He will lead and support an extensive portfolio of grants that aim to increase the use of high-quality evidence in social and economic policies, primarily in Africa. Chris is especially interested in the nexus (and clash) of politics and evidence when it comes to effective policymaking, and hopes his years working on the frontlines as a senior policymaker himself will prove useful to the foundation’s partners.
Chris has built his career around evidence-informed policymaking, aid effectiveness, and development strategy, with a particular focus on the African continent. He was most recently at the Digital Impact Alliance (DIAL) at the United Nations Foundation, where he was Senior Director for Strategy and Business Development. Prior to that, he worked at USAID for over three years in a variety of senior leadership roles, including as Assistant to the Administrator of the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning, and as Acting Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Africa. In addition, Chris spent five years as the Managing Director for Country Selection and Eligibility at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He has lived and worked in over 20 countries across Africa, including many years as a management consultant for both McKinsey & Company and Genesis Analytics, based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Chris holds a Master’s in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School, a Master’s in Public Administration in International Development (MPA-ID) from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Economics and African/African-American Studies from Stanford University. He is excited to be moving back to the Bay Area where he will be closer to his family, taking a breather from the melee of Washington DC, and reconnecting with the West Coast.