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.

News Items

Gregory Gottlieb’s Op-Ed on Strengthening U.S. Humanitarian Response Published in Devex
September 14, 2018

Gregory Gottleib teamed up with another former OFDA director, Roy Williams, to publish an opinion article on strengthening U.S. humanitarian response and leadership in Devex on September 14, 2018. The current…

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Greg Gottlieb gives keynote address at Civil-Military Humanitarian Response Workshop
August 22, 2018

In August 2018, Greg Gottlieb’s keynote address, “Civ-Mil Relations: The Weight of Discussion” looked at the shifting weight of the humanitarian voice in civil-military relations. Viewing civ-mil from a Post…

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