DATA LEADERSHIP AT USAID
BRANDON PUSTEJOVSKY, CHIEF DATA OFFICER
Brandon Pustejovsky is the Chief Data Officer at USAID. He leads the USAID Data Services team within the Office of the Chief Information Officer, providing a broad portfolio of data analytics, visualization, and digital curation services to USAID staff and partners worldwide.
Mr. Pustejovsky has been leading international development and humanitarian assistance operations for over 15 years, in cooperation with organizations such as UNHCR, the International Red Cross, the World Food Programme, and multiple non-profits. His experience spans six continents and over 50 countries.
Prior to working at USAID, he spent several years establishing humanitarian assistance operations in post-conflict and post-disaster environments. His exposure to these unstructured settings gave him a growing appreciation for the role of evidence and data in providing clarity of purpose and programmatic direction.
Mr. Pustejovsky holds a master's degree in international relations from Yale University and a bachelor's degree in foreign service and French from Baylor University.
MELISSA PATSALIDES, AGENCY EVALUATION OFFICER
Melissa Patsalides serves as the Agency Evaluation Officer, located in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL). She is a seasoned international development professional with nearly 20 years of experience focused on program planning and effectiveness.
She previously directed USAID’s Office of Learning, Evaluation and Research, where she oversaw development and implementation of policy and capacity building efforts for evaluation, monitoring and learning for USAID programs worldwide. In her 16 years at USAID, she has worked on strategic planning, project design and monitoring and evaluation. Her work has spanned all sectors and geographic regions and includes four years of intensive work on Afghanistan and Pakistan. Prior to joining USAID, Melissa consulted for an advocacy group in New York focused on the United Nations, worked for a human rights organization in France and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire. Melissa received a Master’s degree in international relations/development from the University of Denver’s Graduate School for International Studies (now the Joseph Korbel School for International Studies) and a dual Bachelor of Arts in international relations and foreign languages from West Virginia University.
Through her work on improving monitoring, evaluation and organizational learning at the Agency level, she has become a strong advocate of right-sizing Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning systems as no method or approach answers all questions for all purposes. She is a strong proponent of evaluation capacity building and an organizational culture that values using M&E for adaptation and learning.
MEGAN ASDORIAN, STATISTICAL OFFICIAL
Megan Asdorian serves as USAID’s Statistical Official as well as a Senior Advisor in the Bureau for Policy, Planning, and Learning. Megan has worked on a number of different Agency initiatives including the Agency’s Transformation.
Ms. Asdorian has spent the last ten years focusing on foreign assistance initiatives, including work with USAID, the Millennium Challenge Corporation, and the Department of State both domestically and overseas, including Afghanistan, El Salvador, Philippines, U.A.E., and as a Bangkok-based Regional Director covering Southeast Asia. In this capacity, she has worked to address development challenges in the areas of economic development, private sector strengthening, anti-corruption, customs reform and modernization, and energy, and infrastructure, among others.
She has 20 years of experience with top management consulting firms specializing in federal government policy and strategy development. Ms. Asdorian’s experience with a broad range of U.S. Departments and Agencies has informed her approach to evidence-based strategy and program implementation.
Ms. Asdorian holds a master’s in business administration degree from The George Washington University with concentrations in international business, finance, and strategic management and public policy as well as a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland.