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Dan Rooney

Chief of Party, CRS Madagascar

Based in Antananarivo, Madagascar

Dan Rooney leads Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Maharo project, a five-year $45 million USAID-funded project focused on providing holistic support to 300,000 people in Southern Madagascar.

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Biography

Dan Rooney leads Catholic Relief Services' (CRS) Maharo project, a five-year $45 million USAID-funded project focused on providing holistic support to 300,000 people in Southern Madagascar. Dan manages teams working on emergency food distribution, improving water access, and restoring degraded land. Dan works in communities experiencing first-hand the massive impact of climate change on smallholder farmers in Africa. Dan has over 20 years of experience in humanitarian relief and development.

Dan has spent most of his professional career in Africa, working in Niger, Burkina Faso, Nambia, Comoros, and Madagascar. Dan joined CRS as a mid-career professional. Previously, he had a career in the Federal Government as Presidential Management Fellow with the African Development Foundation. He also held several positions with the Peace Corps, culminating as the first American hire assigned to Comoros in 20 years.

Areas of Expertise

Climate-Smart Agriculture, Global Hunger, Natural Resource Management, Resilience

Education

University of Illinois
Masters of Business Administration

University of Ohio
M.A., Economics
M.A., Development Studies

University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
B.A., History