Marilyn Crane

Senior International Higher Education Advisor
the Emerging Threats Division of the Office of Infectious Disease, USAID's Bureau for Global Health and USAID's One Health Workforce- Next Generation project

United States of America

As senior international higher education advisor for the Emerging Threats Division at the Bureau for Global Health, Marilyn Crane came to the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) with more than twenty years of leadership in non-profit organizations. She currently is responsible for providing technical and management oversight for USAID’s One Health Workforce – Next Generation project. This project, which is active in 16 countries in Africa and Asia, is focused on empowering One Health university networks and their member institutions to build workforce capacity to address infectious disease challenges, including AMR, by creating a pipeline of current and future One Health workers. Prior to joining USAID in May 2016, Marilyn served as senior program specialist at Higher Education for Development (HED), where she designed and managed international higher education partnership and workforce development programs between colleges and universities in the United States and North Africa, sub-Saharan Africa, the Middle East, Armenia, and Haiti focused on a wide array of sectors including global health. women’s leadership and empowerment, civic education, entrepreneurship, and workforce development. Before HED, Marilyn worked at the International Women’s Forum as associate director of programs and the Aspen Institute's International Peace, Security, & Prosperity Program as program coordinator. Marilyn earned her bachelor’s degree in international studies, with a correlate in French, from Vassar College and studied economics and political science at L'Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris. She also holds master's degree in public administration with a concentration in public policy analysis from American University.