Chris Jurgens leads the Global Partnerships Team at the U.S. Global Development Lab, which champions the Agency’s efforts to engage the private sector to advance development outcomes. His office manages the Global Development Alliance – the Agency’s flagship model for building shared value partnerships with global corporations, local businesses, investors, and philanthropic partners – and works with USAID Missions worldwide to help them integrate partnerships with the private sector into their programs.
Chris also oversees the Lab’s Entrepreneurship and Impact Investing portfolio, which aims to strengthen entrepreneurial ecosystems in developing countries and unlock the potential of entrepreneurs to drive economic growth and innovation. This portfolio includes a major partnership with the Skoll Foundation to co-invest in scaling up promising social entrepreneurs, as well as the Partnering to Accelerate Entrepreneurship (PACE) initiative, through which the Lab is partnering with a range of seed stage impact investors and accelerators to catalyze private investment into promising entrepreneurs and support their growth.
The Global Partnerships team also manages partnerships which engage diaspora communities to advance development and invest in their countries of origin, and oversees the Agency’s LGBT Global Development Partnership, a landmark multi-stakeholder alliance which advances LGBT equality and empowerment across the developing world.
Prior to joining USAID, Chris served as Director of Global Programs for Accenture Development Partnerships (ADP), Accenture’s not-for-profit consulting practice, where he oversaw ADP’s global portfolio of work with over 50 NGOs and donor agencies and led Accenture’s efforts in North America to engage its corporate clients in global development issues via cross-sectoral partnerships.
Chris has a Master’s degree from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from Miami University, where he was a Truman Scholar and Harrison Scholar. He lives in Washington D.C. with his wife and 2 year old daughter.