John Magistro

Senior Business Development Manager

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John Magistro is the Senior Business Development Manager in the Office of Global Projects, supporting proposal initiatives with University of Arizona faculty in international development. He holds MA and PhD degrees in development anthropology from Binghamton University and held post-doctoral fellowships at the US Agency for International Development and the National Center for Atmospheric Research. He served four years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Benin, West Africa, and has more than 20 years of experience in international development serving in various capacities involving academic and applied research, project design and management, proposal writing, and monitoring and evaluation. He has worked across a broad spectrum of governmental, non-governmental, and private sector institutions with multi-sectoral, technical expertise in climate change adaptation and resilience, food security, livelihoods, smallholder production and market systems development, disaster risk management, and natural and water resources management. He previously held a position as Associate Research Social Scientist in the Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology at the University of Arizona (2006-2010) where he was responsible for management of a USAID-funded Natural Resources Management and Development Portal (, as well as co-PI and coordinator of a university linkages grant to establish a new Disaster Risk Science and Sustainable Development MSc degree program with Bahir Dar University in Ethiopia. He has secured USAID grant awards totaling $36.45m and has worked in over thirty countries in Africa, Asia, and the Caribbean.