Pat Scheid is a program officer in the Global Development and Population program. She joined the Foundation in June 2013, after 25 years managing grants to enhance the impact of international education, healthcare, rural development and civil society programs in Africa and Central Asia. Previously, Pat was Program Director at International Youth Foundation, where she managed a team and portfolio of grants supporting youth employability, education and leadership development in Africa. She also served at Aga Khan Foundation USA as Director of Programs and Strategic Partnerships, where she led field operations support and expanded public and private partnerships. Earlier, she managed a USAID project to strengthen African civil society; and was an economist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture focused on African food security. Pat holds a BS in economics, political science and computer sciences from Michigan State University and an MS in organizational development from Johns Hopkins University. As a Peace Corps volunteer in Niger, she worked on women’s empowerment. She served on InterAction’s Executive Committee and chaired its Committee on Development Policy and Practice.