Executive Vice President for Programs
GETTING TO KNOW EARL
Earl Gast, a former Assistant Administrator for Africa at USAID, is Executive Vice President for Programs at Creative Associates International, a role in which he leads the implementation of all programs across more than 30 countries.
With more than two decades of global development experience, Earl is an expert on managing strategic, results-driven programming.
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.