Senior Management

Together with Tetra Tech, our professional network is comprised of more than 1,600 individuals worldwide, the majority of whom are from the “host” country, helping us to build local capacity and foster sustainability. Eighty percent of MSI’s core technical work is performed by a group of 100 in-house professionals. Staff and associates are highly proficient in our tools, techniques, approaches and underlying philosophy prior to embarking on an assignment of any size or scope.

Our senior management, based in the Washington, D.C. metro area is comprised of seasoned development professionals who oversee business development, programs, operations; and also work intensively on a variety of technical topics from the home office and in the field.

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    Keith Brown
    President

    Keith Brown has served for the past 10 years in a variety of senior leadership positions, including as MSI’s Senior Vice President for the past four years prior to become President. In the latter role, he has been responsible for overall technical direction in strategic planning, performance measurement, organizational assessment, evaluation and research.  He has also provided oversight to MSI’s work in economic growth, education, environment, public sector management and health.   Previously, he held senior positions within MSI, served as Chief of Party on a USAID-funded project in Washington, D.C., and held the position of senior M&E advisor to USAID/Kenya. His country and regional experience includes Latin America, Africa, Eastern Europe, Southeast Asia, the Near East, and the Balkans.  He holds a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University and a bachelor’s in government and economics from St. Lawrence University.

     

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    Larry Cooley
    President Emeritus and Senior Advisor

    Larry Cooley founded MSI, now a part of Tetra Tech, in 1981 and served as its President until March 2015, when he transitioned to President Emeritus and Senior Advisor. Before founding MSI, he worked at the World Bank, UNDP, Practical Concepts, and as a Peace Corps volunteer.

    For more than four decades, Larry has been a thought leader, author and lecturer on a wide range of development management issues. A specialist in strategic management, public sector performance and organizational development, he has served as an advisor to cabinet officials in six federal agencies and in more than a dozen countries. He was recently elected President of the Society for International Development and previously served for 15 years as Chair of the Development Management Network of the American Society of Public Administration.  He is an elected Fellow and Board member of the US National Academy of Public Administration, on the Editorial Board of Public Administration Review, and serves as a Trustee of World Learning and ELMA Philanthropies.

    Larry directed for 11 years the Implementing Policy Change program that assisted governments worldwide to manage complex policy reforms, and he served as external facilitator for inter-Agency task forces on small business development, food safety, post-Castro Cuba, and the future of the national wildlife refuge system. More recently, he oversaw a 9-year effort to rebuild Iraqi public administration; and he current directs a global community of practice on scaling innovation. Larry holds a master’s in Economics from Columbia University, an MPA in Public Policy from Princeton, and an M. Phil. in Management from the UK’s Cranfield School of Management.

     

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    Andrew Griminger
    Executive Vice President

    Andrew Griminger guides the growth of MSI’s business in new and existing markets, oversees the company’s global operations and guides corporate strategy as a member of the Executive Management Team. He is a specialist in institution building/organizational development, project design and management, and entrepreneurship development. He led numerous projects in and consulted throughout the Middle East for more than 20 years. He was USAID’s Technical Director on Iraq’s initial $4 billion reconstruction project and led USAID’s $500 million public administration reform project on behalf of MSI. He previously managed Defense Department bilateral weapons programs, focusing on the Arabian Gulf. He has worked extensively in Iraq, Libya, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Yemen. Andy holds a bachelor’s in Russian studies from the University of Illinois and a master’s in international affairs from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He speaks Arabic and German.

     

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    Lynn Carter
    Senior Vice President

    Dr. Lynn Carter heads our practices in democracy, rights and governance (DRG), conflict mitigation/stabilization, and countering violent extremism (CVE). After working in rural development and maternal and child health in Yemen, Morocco and Pakistan, she helped USAID develop tools to assess, design and evaluate DRG and conflict/extremism mitigation programs. Lynn helped develop USAID’s DRG assessment framework, the conflict assessment framework and the guide to the drivers of violent extremism. She also helped design the development indicator guides for DRG and CVE programs for USAID.

    She has led DRG and conflict assessments and contributed to a range of analytic products intended to aid programming, including on tribalism and governance models and rule of law programming in Africa, and has helped design projects in these domains. She has designed and implemented DRG and CVE workshops in conjunction with and for USG personnel. She has provided technical supervision and support to DRG and conflict mitigation projects in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and elsewhere. She has lived and worked in Pakistan, Yemen, India and Egypt. She has published a book on ethnic conflict in Egypt and articles in peer reviewed journals on Egypt and Afghanistan. She has a Ph.D. from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies in political development and the politics of the Middle East and a master’s degree from Harvard.

     

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    Sandra Amis
    Vice President

    Sandra Amis is a contracting and financial management specialist with 25 years’ experience in the interpretation and consistent application of US Government regulations, including the CFR, FAR, AIDAR and ADS. Over the years, she has managed the submission of more than one thousand MSI proposals and negotiated more than $750 million in successful contracts for a variety of donors including USAID, MCC, DOS, DFID, DFAT, UN, World Bank and host country governments. She leads the financial management team maintaining working relationships with in-country finance and project staff on hundreds of projects, and has worked in the areas of contracts and project management, personnel management, and operations. Sandra has lived and worked for more than two decades outside the US, including numerous countries in Asia, Africa and Europe. She is fluent in both French and Spanish.

     

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    Ellen Yount
    Vice President

    Ellen Yount is a member of the Executive Management Team, overseeing the firm’s public affairs efforts. She has served in a variety of senior leadership positions since joining MSI in 2007. Her technical work focuses on the intersection of democracy and governance with strategic communications. She has lived, worked and traveled extensively throughout the developing world, living in former Yugoslavia for nearly six years. She served as the country director for the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Serbia and Croatia during a historic period that ushered in democratic changes. Ellen returned to the U.S. to work as USAID’s chief spokesperson and director of media relations and subsequently as the Agency’s press director in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, the intervention in Afghanistan and the Iraq war. Since 2005, she has helped to guide the Agency’s overseas communications efforts as a Senior Advisor to the Legislative and Public Affairs Bureau.

    Previously, Ellen served as former Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge’s Press Secretary in the U.S. House of Representatives and later as his Director of Communications in Harrisburg. She is a Board Member of the Society for International Development’s Washington, D.C. chapter and holds a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.