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Principal Associate, International Development

Chuck Szymanski is a portfolio manager with 25 years of experience in international development project implementation and operations. He specializes in managing large-scale health and economic development programs, having done so on three continents with annual budgets up to $37 million and diverse teams of up to 400 staff. Szymanski provides strategic leadership combined with operational acumen, prioritizing the achievement of significant funding and impact growth. He can oversee all project operations, from budgeting to administration and communications. His project work focuses on serving poor and vulnerable international populations.

Szymanski currently leads a project team on Abt’s largest bilateral project, focusing on health systems strengthening and service delivery in the Democratic Republic of Congo. He troubleshoots an array of ongoing challenges related to finance, human resources, compliance, client relations, security, and public health systems. His role in project implementation includes overseeing budgets, finances, and administration; programmatic work planning; monitoring and evaluation; communications; and technical management.

Before coming to Abt, Szymanski had an extensive career in international non-profits and consultancy. For more than 20 years, he addressed health and human service issues in Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean, improving program impact and increasing funding. He directed international health operations for Population Services International for more than 10 years, coordinating efforts to prevent both infectious and non-communicable diseases. He worked with local stakeholders to coordinate crisis responses to events, including the Haiti earthquake and the Ebola epidemic. Szymanski also served as a senior executive for the Northern Virginia Family Service, a human services nonprofit.


  • Health
  • Financial Management
  • Crisis Response
  • Project Management
Charles Szymanski