Mike McGirr

Mike McGirr is a National Program Leader (and currently acts as Director) in the Center for International Programs at USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).  He is responsible for developing and managing foreign and domestic projects in collaboration with U.S. universities.  From 1990 to 1996, he managed the agency’s Polish/American Extension Project, then went on to develop initiatives in the former Soviet Republics, Central America, Africa and Iraq. Most recently, he oversaw the Afghanistan Agricultural Extension Project.  In 2003, Mike launched the National Initiative to Internationalize Extension – an effort aimed at strengthening the global dimension of state and local extension programs here in the U.S. He has served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including Friends of Sierra Leone, Canadian Physicians for Aid and Relief, and Village Link; and, last year served as the President of the Association for International Agriculture and Rural Development (AIARD).  Mr. McGirr began his career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Sierra Leone.