P.D. Soros Fellowship for New Americans


Cindy Huang, 2005

Vice President of Strategic Outreach, Refugees International

Cindy Huang is the child of immigrants from China

Fellowship awarded to support work towards a PhD in Anthropology at University of California, Berkeley

Cindy Huang is vice president of strategic outreach at Refugees International. She develops and leads initiatives to build local, state, and national support for improved protection and outcomes for displaced people—both in the United States and around the world.

As a senior executive in government and nonprofit sectors, Cindy has spearheaded major policy and outreach initiatives on pressing global issues—including forced displacement, food security, and conflict prevention—and led high-performing teams at the State Department, Millennium Challenge Corporation, Center for Global Development, and Doctors Without Borders.

She holds a Ph.D. in cultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MPA from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs, and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics and Economics from Yale University. Cindy, a second-generation Chinese American, grew up in Wheaton, IL and now lives in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

  • PhD Anthropology | University of California, Berkeley 2009
  • MPA Public Policy | Princeton University 2002
  • BA Ethics, Politics and Economics | Yale University 1999
Work History
  • Refugees International, Vice President of Strategic Outreach | June 2019 - PRESENT
  • Director of Policy, U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO)
  • Center for Global Development, Senior Policy Fellow
  • Millennium Challenge Opportunity, Deputy Vice President for Sector Operations
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