Polly Byers

Senior Advisor



Polly Byers joined CDA Collaborative Learning Projects as Senior Advisor in 2019. Polly brings her energy and enthusiasm to CDA to complement her strong substantial experience advancing international humanitarian and development aid.

Most recently Polly served as Executive Director of CDA. Previously, she served as Acting Director of the Office of Policy, in the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning for the US Agency for International Development, having served as Deputy Director of the Policy Office since 2015. Prior to that Polly held a range of leadership positions in the State Department and USAID, working on issues ranging from conflict diamonds, to Sudan policy, and enhancing coherence between humanitarian and development assistance. She previously worked for the Congressional Select Committee on Hunger, and for several years was an independent consultant, undertaking a range of assignments for USAID, UN agencies, and nongovernmental organizations. Polly began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco.

Polly Byers holds a B.A. from Wesleyan University and a Master in International Relations from Yale University.