Raquel Gomes is a Policy Analyst in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security. She joined USAID in 2011 as a Science and Technology Policy Fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and has held positions in the Bureau for Food Security, E3’s Office of Microenterprise and Private Enterprise Promotion, and the Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning. Before USAID, she managed research for Oxfam America’s advocacy on aid effectiveness and was a post-doctoral fellow at the Center for Global Development. Her own research focused on understanding how small and medium farmers can compete in a world of supermarkets. Raquel has BS in agricultural economics from the University of Maryland, a MS in agricultural economics from the University of Arizona, and a PhD in international development from MIT.