A recently-retired Senior Foreign Service Officer from the U.S. Agency for International Development, Curt Reintsma is currently focusing his work on encouraging private sector engagement in Africa and other developing regions. He now works as a Partnerships Specialist with USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. He previously served as USAID’s Director for Donor Engagement and before that was the USAID Mission Director to Malawi from 2006-2011, where he oversaw an extensive portfolio of development activities in health, education, economic growth, democracy, and humanitarian assistance.
Curt has lived and worked a total of 18 years in Africa. Before Malawi, he was Director for Sudan Programs in Washington, and before that, held a variety of senior positions in Washington, including the Africa Bureau and in Legislative and Public Affairs. Among many individual and team accomplishments, Curt served as one of the co-founders of the Global Development Alliance (GDA) initiative, and he started the Africa Food Security Initiative in the 1990s. Curt was awarded the Administrator’s Distinguished Career Service award in 2012, one of the Agency’s highest honors. Prior to joining the Foreign Service, Curt directed agricultural projects in Africa and served for 4 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Indian Ocean islands.
Curt is a graduate of the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin, with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and a Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics.