Virginia Brown is a Program Manager at the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA), where she has worked for over six years. She manages the five-year, $7.5 million Cooperative Development Program (CDP) project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kenya, Tanzania, Madagascar, Peru and Guatemala. The project focuses on creating a more enabling environment for cooperatives by strengthening legal and regulatory frameworks, improving capacity of local institutions to provide quality cooperative development services, and improving business performance of cooperatives.
She also manages a portfolio of USAID-funded projects in Madagascar designed to conserve biodiversity and improve landscapes sustainability through strengthening cooperatives and improving the vanilla value chain. Additionally, Virginia is part of NCBA CLUSA’s Cooperative Development Practice, helping steer and support the practice’s programs, proposals, technical assistance and thought leadership.
Virginia has a master’s degree in African Studies from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from the University of Richmond.