International Development Expert Joins Abt Associates

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Stephen Pelliccia has been named Division Vice President for Abt Associates’ International Economic Growth Division.

Stephen Pelliccia, an international development expert with nearly 20 years of experience designing and implementing USAID and other donor-funded programs across a wide array of technical areas, has been named Division Vice President for Abt Associates' International Economic Growth Division.

Pelliccia most recently served as a senior vice president for Chemonics International’s Afghanistan region, where he led a staff of 50 in Washington and nearly 400 field staff on five projects in Afghanistan. He has experience in a variety of technical areas, including rule of law; economic growth and competitiveness; natural resource management; and environmental policy reform. Previous leadership positions with Chemonics included Senior Vice President for the South America region, and the Latin America and Caribbean (LAC) region, chief of party for the $20 million Colombia Forestry Development Program, and new business director for the LAC region.

“Steve’s extensive experience in business development and leading complex projects addressing economic, environmental and governance challenges will Abt’s International Economic Growth Division to win new business. He has the right mix of skills that are essential to the division’s future growth,” said Jay L. Knott, executive vice president and chief business officer.

Pelliccia spent several years at USAID, where he served as senior democracy and governance advisor in Colombia, overseeing a $24 million rule of law program and a $37 million human rights program for the mission. From 2000-2003, he was deputy director of USAID’s economic policy reform office in Russia, spearheading the design of the mission’s economic growth strategy and managing a broad range of economic reform activities. In Nicaragua, he was s chief of party for a USAID environmental policy reform project, helping government and civil society counterparts to develop and implement key environmental laws and regulations.

Pelliccia holds a J.D. from the University of Maine. He earned his B.A. in history from the University of Virginia.

About Abt Associates
Abt Associates is a mission-driven, global leader in research and program implementation in the fields of health, social and environmental policy, and international development. Known for its rigorous approach to solving complex challenges, Abt Associates is regularly ranked as one of the top 20 global research firms and one of the top 40 international development innovators. The company has multiple offices in the U.S. and program offices in more than 40 countries.

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