Food is Medicine Accelerator


Eric Trachtenberg

Practice Lead & Senior Director, Land & Agricultural Economy

Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC)

Food is Medicine Accelerator

Eric is an agricultural economist, diplomat, and executive driven by the desire to end malnutrition, global poverty, and food insecurity in his lifetime. His achievements in the public and private sectors include international agriculture development, nutrition policy, regulatory and government affairs, strategic planning, agriculture, trade policy, export promotion, management, and evaluation.

Eric has more than 25 years’ experience working globally on food and agricultural issues, including service as a Foreign Service Officer at United States Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) both in Washington and abroad. Subsequent work included the USA Poultry & Egg Export Council, consulting at McLarty Associates, and with the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). He has lived and worked in China, Taiwan, Mongolia, and Russia, with additional later field experience in Africa, South America, and South Asia.

He received a Master’s of Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Southern California with a concentration in program evaluation and an Master’s of Science (MS) in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University with a focus on international economic development and public policy.