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Stephen Pelliccia

Division Vice President, International Economic Growth

Stephen Pelliccia Stephen Pelliccia
Stephen Pelliccia is an international development executive with more than 20 years of experience designing and implementing USAID and other donor-funded programs across a wide array of technical areas including: rule of law; economic growth and competitiveness; natural resource management; and environmental policy reform.

Pelliccia oversees a portfolio of 17 international development projects in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, spanning technical sectors such as agriculture and food security, competitiveness, climate change, governance, and monitoring and evaluation.

Prior to joining Abt Associates, Pelliccia spent 10 years with Chemonics International, where he served in a variety of leadership roles, including senior vice president for the firm’s Latin America and Caribbean Region; senior vice president for the Afghanistan region, and chief of party for the $20 million Colombia Forestry Development Program.

For USAID, he served as senior democracy and governance advisor in Colombia overseeing a $24 million rule of law program and a $37 million human rights program. In Russia, he served as the deputy director of USAID’s economic policy reform office, spearheading the design of the mission’s economic growth strategy and managing a broad range of economic reform activities. He also served as chief of party in Nicaragua for a USAID environmental policy reform project, assisting government and civil society counterparts to develop and implement several key environmental laws and regulations.

Pelliccia holds a J.D. from the University of Maine and a B.A. in history from the University of Virginia
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  • Economic growth and competitiveness
  • Natural resource management
  • Environmental policy reform
  • Rule of law