Caroline Andridge is the US policy coordinator within USAID’s Office of Food for Peace. In this role she focuses on congressional engagement, policy analysis, and risk management and oversight related to food security programming in humanitarian crises.
“Knowledge of the policy-making and appropriations processes and food security programming, along with the ability to work under pressure and build strong working relationships across the office, has been critical to meeting tight deadlines,” Caroline says.
Caroline learned about global food security through a directed readings course with professor Ray Offenheiser, and her Integration Lab project with Oxfam America exposed her to issues related to food security and global supply chains. From Notre Dame economics professor Kasey Buckles, Caroline learned to interpret econometric models applied to policy, a skill that has been “even more helpful than I imagined,” she says. Finally, a Notre Dame networking opportunity over spring break introduced Caroline to a senior staff member at Food for Peace.
“I experience several direct connections between my current work and the training I received at Notre Dame,” Caroline says. “I’m grateful for the education and encouragement I received at the Keough School.”