Gregory Gottlieb

Gregory GottliebCenter Director and Professor of the Practice
Irwin H. Rosenberg Professor in Nutrition and Human Security, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy

Working with Feinstein Since: 2017
Based in: Medford, MA

As the Director of the Feinstein International Center, Greg Gottlieb is responsible for the overall direction of the center. Throughout his career, he has worked to improve food security, humanitarian, and transition programs and he brings this focus, dedication, and determination to Tufts. His research focus is on the politics of humanitarian and development assistance, the current and future personnel implications for humanitarian response and development programs of extended assignments in high threat posts, and leadership needs in humanitarian response.

Prior to joining Tufts, Greg served as the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID/DCHA). Prior to that, he served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for DCHA. Since he began with USAID in 1988, he has held a variety of other positions, including Mission Director in Pakistan and Namibia, Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau of Food Security (helping to plan and implement the Obama Administration’s Feed the Future Program), as well as posts in Malawi, Sudan, Ethiopia, and Kenya. Additionally, Greg taught at the National War College, was a legal protection officer for UNHCR, and was Chief of Party for the Famine Early Warning Systems. Greg earned a bachelor’s degree from Humboldt State University, a juris doctor from Loyola Law School, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. In 2017, Greg received USAID’s highest award, the Administrator’s Distinguished Career Service Award, to recognize his long and distinguished service.

Courses Taught:
  • International Humanitarian Response (NUTR 0324, cross-listed as Fletcher-D213), Spring Term
  • Humanitarian Leadership: The Political and Policy Challenges of Being in Charge (NUTR 0329, cross-listed as Fletcher-D234), Spring Term

News Items

Greg Gottlieb weighs in on State of the Union Address
February 7, 2019

Greg Gottlieb joined several Tufts faculty to provide insight into President Trump’s State of the Union address on February 6, 2019. In the Tufts Now piece, “What Trump Said and…

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Tufts Hosts the Boston Launch of the State of the Humanitarian System Report
December 20, 2018

Every three years, the Active Learning Network for Accountability and Performance (ALNAP) releases its flagship State of the Humanitarian System Report. They launched the 2018 report in December and included…

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