Next InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture to focus on USAID – Dec. 15



Next InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture to focus on USAID – Dec. 15

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) workers in the background unloading boxes of aid supplies; InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture logo at top with subject and date of upcoming lecture in text below.The third presentation of the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series for CGSC academic year 2023 will be conducted at 12:30 p.m., Dec. 15, in the Arnold Conference Room in the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth.

Dr. Mark Sorensen, the CGSC Distinguished Chair for Development Studies, will lead a discussion on how the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) leads America’s development assistance abroad and how USAID coordinates with defense professionals.

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All lectures in the InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series are free and open to the public and as the series moniker states, the lecture series is conducted in the traditional “brown-bag lunch” format in which attendees are welcome to bring their own lunches into the room. For those unable to attend, the presentation will be videotaped and later posted on the Foundation’s website, YouTube channel and Facebook page. Members of the public coming to the lectures from off-post will need to add extra time to check-in at the Fort Leavenworth visitor center. – For gate information, see the Fort Leavenworth homepage.


Dr. Mark Sorenson is an economic and business development specialist with more than 40 years of experience to include almost 20 years with the USAID. At USAID he has served in a variety of supervisory roles and assignments to include duty in Pakistan, Brazil, South Sudan, Iraq, Georgia, Mongolia, and Sri Lanka as well in Washington, D.C. While in Iraq from 2009-2011, he served on a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) and directed USAID programs in the Divala Province. He holds a doctorate in education from the University of Houston, an MBA from Texas A&M at Kingsville, a master’s from the University of Florida, a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Air War College, and a B.S. and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin at Stevens Point. His language proficiency includes fluency in both Spanish and Portuguese. He is also the author of several publications and the recipient of several meritorious honor and exemplary service awards.


The InterAgency Brown-Bag Lecture Series is co-hosted by the CGSC Foundation’s Simons Center with the U.S. Army Command and General Staff School (CGSS). The series is an extracurricular, interagency topic-focused series that is intended to help enrich the CGSS curriculum. Unless otherwise announced, the presentations are scheduled each month from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in the Arnold Conference Room of the Lewis and Clark Center on Fort Leavenworth.

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