Geography 2050

Ms. Carrie Stokes

United States Agency for International Development

Ms. Carrie Stokes is first Geographer of the US Agency for International Development (USAID). She established and directs the Agency’s GeoCenter, which is a team of geographers and data scientists who provide decision-support and mapping analysis for USAID’s programming in Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Prior to becoming the Chief Geographer, Carrie led the SERVIR program for USAID, in a joint venture with NASA. SERVIR combines satellite information with geospatial technology to help developing countries manage environmental risks. Carrie has a technical background in global climate change, natural resource management, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). She served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Niger, West Africa, and holds an M.S. in Environmental Science from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Carrie is a recipient of the American Association of Geographers Gilbert White Public Service Honors Award and was a 2016 finalist for the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Medals (Sammies).