Noam Unger

Vice President, Development Policy, Advocacy and Learning

Noam Unger is the Vice President for Development Policy, Advocacy and Learning at InterAction, the largest U.S. alliance of nongovernmental international organizations. In his role, Noam leads efforts to strengthen the voice and role of civil society in global development, international relief, and associated policy deliberations. He oversees work with members and partners to: enhance their impact through networked learning; align common interests; and mobilize together to influence U.S. and international policies and practices.Noam’s public sector experience includes his work across three different presidential administrations. Prior to joining InterAction, Noam served as the Acting Chief Strategy Officer at the U.S. Agency for International Development, working with the head of the Agency and the Agency’s senior leadership to identify, prioritize, and address key management and policy challenges related to U.S. global development priorities. Noam has also served as the Director of USAID's Office of Policy, and as an Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning. His early career also included service at the State Department and USAID in roles focused on international conflict and humanitarian assistance,In the non-profit sector, Noam served as Vice President for Partnerships and External Affairs for Global Citizen Year, an education-related social enterprise committed to building the next generation of global leaders. From 2007 to 2012, he worked at Brookings, where as a Global Economy and Development Fellow he directed the Foreign Aid Reform Project, co-founded the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative, and managed the annual Brookings Blum Roundtable. Noam was also a founding member and principal of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network (MFAN), a policy advocacy coalition promoting effective U.S. development cooperation. His background additionally includes consulting work with Save the Children in Haiti and with the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC.Noam received his bachelor's degree from Swarthmore College and then spent a year on a solo, around-the-world project in Central America, South America, West Africa, South Asia, and Southeast Asia as a fellow of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation. At the start of his career, he worked in the private sector as an analyst for a software company. He holds a master's degree in law and diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University.