David Bargueno is a foreign affairs officer and Presidential Management Fellow in the Secretary’s Office of Global Food Security at the U.S. Department of State. His portfolio covers the $3.5 billion U.S. global food security initiative, Feed the Future, and he is responsible for strategic partnerships with emerging markets. He recently completed a rotation in the Office of Sustainable Development in the USAID Africa Bureau, where he evaluated grant proposals for LGBT and women’s empowerment initiatives and managed the office’s $7.5 million budget.
Before joining the government, David conducted extensive quantitative and qualitative fieldwork in Portugal, England, Namibia, and South Africa. His research and news analysis has been published in a variety of outlets, including: Canal 5 France TV; Mail & Guardian newspaper; Thinker Magazine; Journal of Contemporary African Studies; Journal of Southern African Studies; Journal of North African Studies; Journal of Namibian Studies; South African Historical Journal; and Journal of Language, Identity, and Education. He has also presented his writing on social policy to diverse audiences, ranging from the Office of the Premier of the Western Cape in South Africa, to teachers at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya.
David earned an M.A. from the Council on African Studies at Yale University, where he served on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of International Affairs. He received a B.A. with high honors from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, where he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity and was recognized as a Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow. Spanish and English were his first languages, and he is proficient in Zulu, Portuguese, and French.