Abegail (Abby) Anderson

Communications & Knowledge Management Specialist, USAID

Abby has over four years of experience in strategic communication, environmental issues, blue food systems, and sustainable development.

She has served with a range of organizations including the Office of U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, the Global Seaweed Coalition, and the United Nations Global Compact. Abby’s passionate about using communication as a tool to empower local and marginalized communities. She is dedicated to safeguarding our oceans and coastal communities against environmental degradation by promoting sustainable and inclusive (blue!) food systems. She is an advocate and storyteller for the global co-op movement through her work on cooperative development communications.

She currently serves as Communications Specialist for USAID’s Cooperative Development Program (CDP), developing and executing the program’s communications and knowledge management strategy (contracted by RP Pro Services). Prior to joining USAID in 2023, Abby managed communications in a range of programs at the Wilson Center, a foreign affairs think tank. With her experience at the nexus of communications, environment, and development, Abby developed and facilitated strategies for the Environmental Change and Security Program, Maternal Health Initiative, and External Relations. Additionally, she recently co-authored a forthcoming publication for UNCTAD on the potential of seaweed to advance environmental and gender dimensions of the SDGs.

Abby earned her M.A. in International Affairs, concentrated in Environmental Policy and Sustainable Development, from George Washington University. She holds a B.A. in Political Science with minors in Media studies and Italian studies from Virginia Commonwealth University.