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

    Keith Brown is currently MSI’s President, only the second such individual to serve in that role since our founding.  He took the helm from founder Larry Cooley in 2015. Keith served in a number of leadership positions over his two decade plus career with MSI, including as MSI’s Senior Vice President. In that role, he was 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. Keith 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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    Joseph Christoff
    Senior Vice President

    Joseph Christoff oversees MSI’s education, leadership and organizational development, and strategy, evaluation and analysis sectors. He has over 30 years of experience developing strategies and methods for monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness and impact of government programs. As the prior Director of MSI’s Institute for Public Accountability, he helped build the evaluation and reporting skills of countries’ accountability institutions, including national audit offices and anti-corruption agencies. He designed training which was delivered to evaluators and auditors from accountability institutions in Indonesia, Serbia, Mali and the Philippines. Previously, Joseph was the Director of the International Affairs and Trade Team at the U.S. GAO, where he managed 120 analysts, economists, lawyers and statisticians. These teams produced over 200 performance evaluations and audits that assessed the effectiveness of nearly $1 trillion in U.S. development and security assistance. Joseph is a Harvard University Senior Executive Fellow and received a master’s in public administration from American University in Washington, D.C.


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    Rodeina AbdelFattah
    Vice President

    Rodeina AbdelFattah is a development professional with over 30 years’ experience in the Middle East, the former Soviet Union, South Asia and Africa. She started her career as a corporate banking officer at Chase Bank in Egypt, and then joined USAID, where she was a key leader in many of USAID’s most important and politically-sensitive missions abroad, including Egypt, Iraq, the Regional Mission for Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus, and the Regional Mission for Central Asia.

    She possesses a background in strategic planning, program design and management, and change management. Rodeina played a critical role in developing and directing programs in private sector development and finance in Egypt, Ukraine, Tajikistan, and Moldova; agriculture in Kyrgyzstan; and public sector reform and institution building in Iraq and Ghana. Following her USAID career, she became an independent international development consultant in the area of Local Solutions and Conflict Management in India and Syria.

    She speaks several languages, including French and Russian, and holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics and finance from the American University in Cairo.


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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.


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    Erin Stone

    Erin Stone guides MSI’s financial team as a member of the Executive Management Team, and brings over 15 years of experience with international development organizations and federal agency consulting. She specializes in finance, treasury, accounting, financial analysis, budgets and forecasting, contracts, and general administration. Prior to joining MSI, Erin worked with the Eurasia Foundation, the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease, and Professionals for Nonprofits. Erin holds a bachelor’s in accounting from the University of Maryland.