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

News Items

Greg Gottlieb and Racey Henderson discuss COVID-19 and the need for agricultural standards
May 6, 2020

New Effort to Support Agriculture Response in Emergencies by Gregory Gottlieb and Racey Henderson The implications of COVID-19 and the public health response to the pandemic on food systems and…

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Greg Gottlieb on Trump’s halting of WHO funding
April 17, 2020

Wrong Move at the Wrong Time by Gregory Gottlieb The recent decision by President Trump to halt funding to the WHO has been strongly and rightly condemned by many world…

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Feinstein Research Projects

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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