Breanne White is a Manager for Global Programs at the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, where she is responsible for the implementation of the agency’s Global Procurement Initiative: Understanding Best Value (GPI) in the sub-Saharan Africa, Middle East/North Africa, and Eastern Europe regions. In this position she coordinates with USTDA’s partner organizations, technical experts, and multilateral financial institutions to help develop the GPI to bring best value in procurement to USTDA partner countries.
Before joining the Global Programs team, Ms. White worked on international economic and development finance issues at the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC) and was selected to be a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Small Business Administration, where she coordinated with foreign government officials and intergovernmental and private sector partners on matters of small business international trade policy.
Previously, Ms. White was a training strategy consultant at Grant Thornton, LLP, managing the training development strategy and program implementation for internally developed training programs in accounting, auditing, change management, and human capital consulting. She has also managed Arabic, Somali, and Chinese curriculum development projects for use in university and government language training centers; worked as a program analyst for an interreligious dialogue group in Jerusalem; and served as a full-time Chinese-language volunteer in Taiwan.
Ms. White has a master’s degree in Middle Eastern Studies from The Ohio State University, which included one year of studies at The Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and bachelor’s degrees in English and Ancient Near Eastern Studies from Brigham Young University. She speaks Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Hebrew.