Dr. Richard Columbia is an international development professional with 35 years of experience leading monitoring, evaluation, and learning (ME&L) activities in more than 60 countries for USAID and the United Nations. He is currently ME&A’s acting chief of party for the USAID/Bangladesh Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (BMEL) Activity.
Dr. Columbia specializes in ME&L, local capacity development, global health, education, public-private partnerships, gender, and youth. He previously served as chief of party on four USAID projects including the Ebola Pillar II MEL Activity and the RDMA region-wide Asia Learning Monitoring Evaluation Activity. Dr. Columbia holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Rutgers University focusing on USAID-funded child survival programming as well as an M.A. in Anthropology from Rutgers focusing on women in development.