Gregory Gottlieb

Gregory GottliebVisiting Fellow

Working with Feinstein Since: 2017
Based in: Portland, OR

Greg Gottlieb served as the Director of the Feinstein International Center from 2017 to 2021 and was responsible for the overall direction of the center. During his tenure as director, his research and teaching focused on the politics of humanitarian and development assistance, the current and future personnel implications for humanitarian response and development programs, and leadership needs in humanitarian response.

Throughout his career, Greg worked to improve food security, humanitarian, and transition programs. 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

Thank you and farewell to Greg Gottlieb
July 30, 2021

After four years as the Director of the Feinstein International Center and a lifetime of commitment to public service, Greg Gottlieb is retiring on July 30, 2021. Greg brought passion…

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Greg Gottlieb and HHI colleagues published a journal article on virtual humanitarian training
May 20, 2021

Greg Gottlieb and Harvard Humanitarian Initiative colleagues published a journal article titled, “Humanitarian Training with Virtual Simulation during a Pandemic,” which discusses the use of virtual simulation for humanitarian training…

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Feinstein Research Projects

Humanitarian Information Systems: Anticipating, Analyzing, and Acting in Crisis

This study seeks to understand the availability and quality of information, and the external influences on data collection and analysis for the classification of food emergencies.

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Feed the Future Uganda One Nutrition in Complex Environments

The One Nutrition in Complex Environments (ONCE) study tests a new way of preventing and addressing acute malnutrition through a cluster-randomized trial.

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Feinstein Publications

Early Warning and Early Action for Increased Resilience of Livelihoods in IGAD Region

Multiple calls have been issued for better preparedness, early warning, and, above all, early action to prevent hunger and malnutrition, reduce the scale of food insecurity, improve resilience, and reduce…

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2020 Hindsight? The Ecosystem of Humanitarian Diagnostics and Its Application to Anticipatory Action

The nature of humanitarian crises has changed over the past two decades. These changes demand increased anticipatory humanitarian action and improved information to guide that action. The COVID 19 pandemic…

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