Gretchen Villegas

Gretchen Villegas is the Vice President for International Operations at the National Cooperative Business Association CLUSA International (NCBA CLUSA). In this role she oversees a portfolio of 20 projects in 17 countries of operation in the areas of Agribusiness and Value Chain Development, Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth, Capacity Building and Rural Community Engagement, Youth Development, Food Security, Nutrition-led Agriculture, and Conservation Farming. Prior to accepting her current position at NCBA CLUSA headquarters office, Gretchen served as the Chief of Party for NCBA CLUSA’s programmatic activity in Uganda managing an $8.4 million portfolio.

Gretchen began her career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Suriname, South America. Over the next 12 years Gretchen went on to lead the management of five U.S. Government funded programs, including both USAID and USDA programs, in Latin America and Eastern and Southern Africa. During that time, she worked to build and strengthen business-focused interventions within the full value chain; production, post-harvest handling, input supply, business management at producer cooperatives, bulking and marketing, negotiating with buyers to entice national and regional trade expansion as well as linkages to finance. She successfully leveraged more than $10 million in both local and international private sector resources during this time.