Environmental Incentives
Environmental Incentives

Richard Spencer

Project Design Fellow
Washington, DC

[email protected]



Areas of Expertise

  • Working in complex emergencies
  • Eurasia
  • Project design and mentoring

Education & Certificates

  • M.S., Development Management, American University
  • M.B.A., American University
  • B.A., Russian Language & Political Science, The Ohio State University
  • FEMA NIMS (National Incident Management System), Certified

Richard Spencer

Project Design Fellow
Washington, DC

[email protected]

Rick Spencer is currently a Project Design Fellow with USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance. His role in BHA’s Strategic Planning and Activity Design unit is to is to facilitate the design of transitional emergency assistance and long term development programs in food security, natural resource management, disaster risk reduction, livelihoods and resilience.

He is a development professional with more than 20 years of experience designing and managing programs in agriculture, complex emergencies and democracy and governance.  As a former Director of Development with for- and non-profit agencies, he developed experience in design tools and practices such as logic models, ToC and co-creation. He has worked in complex emergencies throughout Africa, Asia and the Middle East.  For example, he was team leader in the design of an integrated agriculture development program for pastoralists in northern Afghanistan, and in Iraq he designed and authored a multi-city stabilization program and served on the startup team for an emergency Food for Peace-funded program in North Korea.  He holds a MBA and MS in Development Management from The American University.

Rick’s aspiration is to help people see good in the present while having hope for a better future.