Megan Viernes is the Senior Advisor for USAID's Development Credit Authority (DCA) office, where she is co-leading the office’s new strategy focused on increased private finance for development and product innovation. Prior to her role as Senior Advisor, she was DCA’s Africa Regional Team Lead and expanded the Africa guarantee portfolio from $484 million to $2.1 billion, with a strategic focus on partnerships in energy, agriculture and health, as well as financing for women and youth. In the DCA office, Megan provides leadership in addressing access to finance gaps across developing countries by leveraging the DCA partial credit guarantee tool to minimize the cost to USAID and maximize impact. Megan also leads DCA's co-guarantee partnership with Swedish Sida and is the Agency's Relationship Manager for General Electric. Before USAID, Megan worked for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, directing the multilateral Haiti Improved Stoves Working Group, leading a strategy on the financing, development and use of fuel-efficient cookstoves. Prior to UNEP, Megan was a Teach for America (TFA) Corps Member in Miami, Florida and developed and ran the Language Arts for the Gifted Program in a low-resourced school. Megan holds degrees from Baylor University in Economics and French and from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) and has studied at the American Business School and Université de Paris-Sorbonne, both in Paris.