EARL GAST

Senior Vice President, Education for Development & Economic Growth Division

GETTING TO KNOW EARL

Earl Gast is one of two Senior Vice Presidents at Creative Associates International, a leading global development organization based in Washington, D.C. With more than two decades of global development experience, Earl is an expert on managing strategic, results-driven programming.

In his senior leadership role at Creative, Earl oversees the Education for Development Division—which is Creative’s oldest unit—and the Economic Growth Division, the organization’s newest division. Together, these two divisions have projects in 13 countries. Under his direction, the Divisions have grown their project portfolios, including a new program in Mozambique.

Prior to joining Creative, Earl served as a Senior International Advisor at Covington & Burling, LLP, in Washington, D.C., where he co-led the firm’s Africa Practice from December 2014 to June 2016.

Previously, Earl was a senior U.S. government executive with 24 years of experience in international development and foreign policy. Appointed by former President Obama and confirmed by the Senate in April 2012, he was sworn in as the Assistant Administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Africa Bureau, USAID’s largest bureau, which at that time had program resources of more than $8 billion covering more than 40 countries on the continent.

During his tenure as Assistant Administrator, Earl initiated new partnerships and Presidential initiatives, including Power Africa and Trade Africa, and leveraged funds from multiple global organizations to achieve greater scale and results. He also worked across U.S. government agencies and with the White House to draft the President’s Strategy for Africa.

Earl graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, where he earned a Bachelor’s degree in history and criminal law, and received a Master’s degree in political science and Middle East studies from George Washington University. He speaks Russian and Arabic, in addition to his native English.

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Earl Gast is one of two Senior Vice Presidents at Creative Associates International, a leading global development organization based in Washington, D.C. With more than two decades of global development experience, Earl is an expert on managing strategic, results-driven programming.

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