CARLA KOPPELL NAMED SENIOR COORDINATOR FOR USAID’S NEW OFFICE OF GENDER EQUALITY AND WOMEN’S EMPOWERMENT
Carla Koppell, daughter of Council Member Oliver Koppell, has been named Senior Coordinator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s new office of Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. USAID is an agency, separate from the State Department, that is responsible for handling the distribution of all U.S. assistance to foreign nations.
The purpose of the office is to help bolster the role women play in developing countries. The office will give greater support to female entrepreneurship, scale up initiatives designed to enhance women’s ownership of key assets like land and housing and work to reduce gender gaps in access to new technology and infrastructure.
In making the announcement of Carla Koppell’s appointment, Dr. Rajiv Shah, Administrator of USAID, said, “Carla will accelerate our efforts to integrate gender equality as cross-cutting throughout the agency. She will provide our leadership with expert advice and guidance, having most recently served as Director of the Institute for Inclusive Security and the Washington office of the Hunt Alternatives Fund where she worked extensively with women and civil society leaders from conflict areas around the world including Afghanistan, Colombia, Iraq, the Middle East and Sudan.
“I am very proud that Carla will play an important role in helping to harness the power, creativity and energy of women and girls to deliver meaningful results for the developing world,” Council Member Koppell said.