Ann Mei Chang, a more than 20-year technology veteran, has been named as the first executive director of the United States Agency for International Development‘s U.S. Global Development Lab.
She aims to help the lab drive innovation and partnerships to reduce poverty across the world in her new position, according to a USAID blog post published Monday.
Chang previously served as chief innovation officer for the humanitarian aid organization Mercy Corps and as a senior adviser at the U.S. State Department, where she developed programs to improve women’s representation across the technology industry.
Before these roles, she was a Google senior engineering director for eight years and led a product development team that offers Internet and mobile services in emerging markets.
She also held leadership positions at Apple, SGI and Intuit and has worked with USAID through the Alliance for Affordable Internet.