Tracy Wise
Tracy Wise

Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor

USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA)

Tracy Wise serves as a Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene (WASH) Advisor at USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) the lead federal office responsible for coordinating the U.S. government’s response to international disasters.


With a mandate to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the social and economic impact of disasters, OFDA monitors, mitigates, and responds to global hazards and humanitarian needs as they arise. In fiscal year 2017, OFDA responded to 56 disasters in 51 countries, including an earthquake in Mexico, Hurricanes Irma and Maria in the Caribbean, food insecurity in the Horn of Africa and Lake Chad Basin, and ongoing crises in Syria, Iraq, South Sudan, and Yemen.

Ms. Wise joined OFDA in February 2017 and provides technical water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) support to emergency responses, while improving the quality of future WASH interventions through guidance, coordination, and operational research at the global level. Her expertise within the sector is broad,  including market based responses and cash programming, as well as urban programming.

Ms. Wise has worked in the water, sanitation, and hygiene sector since 2005 and spent seven years based in countries across Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, working for several international NGOs and UN agencies. She has worked in global roles since 2013, including with the Global WASH Cluster Field Support Team. Ms. Wise holds two engineering degrees, with a Master of Science in environmental engineering from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in biological and environmental engineering from Cornell University.