Practice Area Lead and Technical Director
Michelle Adams-Matson is a practice area lead for Strategy, Evaluation and Analysis (SEA). In this role, she provides leadership for 10 Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) projects located around the globe and serves as the technical director for USAID’s largest MEL platform in Pakistan. She is passionate about using strategic planning and M&E to improve organizational impact and has worked with numerous organizations to institute effective common sense, and results-oriented management systems. She is a highly experienced and recognized strategic planning expert who has worked with the U.S. government, host country institutions and small local organizations to help them plan and implement programs in a rapidly evolving environment. She has integrated approaches that are designed to foster and strengthen self-reliance and sustainability in local communities and institutions. Michelle brings deep expertise on using M&E to improve development impact and helps organizations integrate innovative techniques to improve learning. She believes the most effective M&E systems support an organization’s goals and are rooted in effective management structures. She sees M&E as a tool that can strengthen mutual learning with local organizations. As a former senior program analyst for USAID, Michelle was responsible for country strategic planning and M&E for two regional bureaus. During that time, she chaired an Agency team to improve strategic planning systems and authored the first Agency-wide policies on strategic planning. Since then, she has designed, taught and facilitated training courses and workshops on strategic planning, monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and organizational development. She holds a master’s degree in international development and U.S. foreign policy from American University.