People and Partnerships

The quality of MSI’s work is founded upon and very much a reflection of its people and partners; we think of ourselves as a “professional collegium.” MSI’s senior management is comprised of employees. Since our founding in 1981, 75 percent of the work has been performed by a core group of 100 individuals. The original founder of the firm, Larry Cooley, remains at the helm of the firm and is actively engaged on a number of development projects.

Our senior technical staff has worked with MSI collectively for over 250 years, including a third for over 15 years. Our senior staff brings decades of experience working with organizations such as USAID, the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Labor. We understand the perspectives and needs of these types of clients. As a subsidiary of Coffey International Limited, MSI also has access to a huge range of professional expertise spanning the globe. Equally if not more importantly, the vast majority of these individuals has spent considerable time living and working overseas, side by side with local organizations and gaining a greater context for the development challenges on the ground.

MSI views partnership in two dimensions — funding partners (“clients”) and implementing partners, and is privileged by their diversity and quality on both fronts. We have an astonishing array of partners in both areas, ranging from some 25 U.S. Government agencies, 15 foreign governments, two dozen multilateral agencies, and nearly 30 non-profit organizations, including Transparency International and the MacArthur Foundation. We have a long roster of local implementing partners across the globe, from anti-corruption NGOs to media organizations to human rights advocacy organizations. These local partners are diverse, ranging from the African Economic Research Consortium (AERC), to the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences (FLACSO).