Governance & Leadership
Chief of Staff & Strategy
Adam Gerstenmier serves as Chief of Staff & Strategy for the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA), where he provides support and counsel to the President across all efforts to catalyze an agricultural transformation in Africa that will help millions of smallholder farmers and their families lift themselves out of poverty and hunger.
Prior to joining AGRA, Gerstenmier served in various roles with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, including as Chief of Staff to the Co-Chair, Bill Gates Sr., and as Chief of Staff to the President for Global Policy, Advocacy, & Country Programs, where he helped the foundation build strategic relationships with governments, NGOs, and other key partners to increase awareness, action, and resources devoted to global development and health priorities. Gerstenmier also served as an associate with Arabella Philanthropic Investment Advisors, helping advise major institutional partners like the Gates Foundation and the United Nations Foundation, as well as the legislative correspondent for U.S. Representative Sue Myrick. He began his career in international development volunteering as a program assistant for PRODAD, a grassroots agricultural NGO in Nicaragua.
Gerstenmier holds an MSc in development studies from the Development Studies Institute at the London School of Economics and is a graduate magna cum laude of Davidson College in North Carolina.
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New US $280 Million Partnership for Inclusive Agricultural Transformation in Africa Launched
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