Our leadership

Our leadership is committed to ensuring that Crown Agents and Crown Agents USA continues to deliver the strongest impacts offering the best value for money whilst at the same time operating at the highest levels of integrity and transparency.

Larry Michel, President and CEO

larry_headshot_1Larry Michel serves as the President and CEO of Crown Agents USA. Larry comes to Crown Agents USA from Management Sciences for Health (MSH), where he served as Vice President of the Leadership and Management Consulting Practice, growing the unit from $42 million to $132 million in annual revenue and helping MSH’s portfolio nearly triple – to over $320 million annually in five years. Prior to his work at MSH, Larry was a Director and Principal at Emerging Markets Group (EMG).  

Larry has over 25 years of experience leading and growing complex global programs in finance, health, and economic growth, working with national and local governments, NGOs, post-conflict organizations, and the private sector. He has held leadership positions with major implementing partners including MSH, Cardno (formerly Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu), and IBM Business Consulting Services (formerly PricewaterhouseCoopers) and partnered successfully with clients including USAID, DFID, the World Bank, the EU, and the IADB. Larry's international experience includes short term assignments in over 50 countries in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia, Central and South America and the Caribbean, and he has lived and worked in Poland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the UK, and Kenya. He holds a B.A. and M.B.A from Northwestern University, served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Poland, and is on the Board of Directors of the Society for International Development – Washington. 

Expertise: 

Health Systems Strengthening, Capacity Building, Grant & Fund Management, Economic Growth, Program Strategy and Operations

Contact Information:

  • Phone: +1 202 650 6110
  • Email: lmichel@crownagents.com

Dr. Robert Voetsch, ​Director, Economic Governance and Trade Practice

Robert Voetsch_blue_120x160Dr. Robert Voetsch joined Crown Agents USA in 2013 and serves as the Director for the Economic Governance and Trade team. Robert’s career of more than 30 years has seen him provide strategic advice and direction to governments and other organizations throughout Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, helping them to implement sustainable reforms in their community development, fiscal, health, public administration, project management, and treasury management systems. 

Robert’s interest in international development began when he was still in college, leading him first to the Peace Corps – working on health programs in Korea and Yemen – and then into a role as an international civil servant in the United Nations system. He subsequently moved into professional services companies, developing expertise in civil service capacity building, public finance management, financial expenditure management and program design, health systems and disease control program design, program and project cost planning, and monitoring and evaluation. He has worked extensively on public service development projects in Afghanistan, Bhutan, Cambodia, Kyrgyzstan, India, Iraq, Sudan, South Sudan, and Sri Lanka. 
Robert earned his ​Doctorate in Management and Technology from George Washington University, a Masters in Project Management from George Washington University, and a Masters in Public Administration from American University. He is proficient in Arabic, French, and Korean. ​​Robert is based in our Washington, DC office.

Expertise: 

Capacity Building, Economic Growth, Training

Contact Information:

  • Phone: +1 202 650 6118
  • Email: ​​rvoetsch@crownagents.com

Dr. Sarah Tisch, Director, Food Security ​and Monitoring & Evaluation Practice

Sarah Tisch_blue_120x160Dr. Sarah Tisch joined ​Crown Agents USA in March of 2015 as the Director for the Food Security and ​Monitoring & Evaluation (M&E) team and is responsible for developing our Food Security and M&E practice area portfolios. Prior to joining Crown Agents USA, ​Sarah worked with Social Impact, Chemonics International, Internews Network, the International Rice Research Institute, and Winrock International. 

Sarah possesses 25 years of project leadership, management, technical assistance, monitoring, evaluation, and assessment experience. She has designed, led, and supervised agriculture and food security projects with USAID and other donors, with a focus on gender integration. A three-time Chief of Party and three-time Program Leader, ​Sarah is adept with all aspects of project implementation including fostering positive client, counterpart, stakeholder, and partner relationships; managing project leaders and technical teams; project communications; project reporting compliance; gender mainstreaming and integration; training; and local staff and institutional capacity building. She is experienced with all aspects of project monitoring and project evaluation. 
​Sarah has worked on long-term assignments in Nepal, the Philippines, and Russia/Ukraine, and has had many short-term assignments throughout Sub-Saharan and North Africa, East and South Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East.  She focused primarily on USAID projects in Indonesia for six years from 2007 through 2012.  Sarah earned her PhD and MA in Political Science from Binghamton University in New York. She is proficient in Russian and Bahasa Indonesia. Sarah is based in our Washington, DC office.

Expertise:

Food Security, Program Management, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning, Gender Integration

Contact Information:

  • Phone: +1 202 650 6102
  • Email: ​​​stisch@crownagents.com

Yulia Johansen, Director, Health ​Systems Practice

Yulia Johansen_blue_120x160Yulia Johansen ​joined Crown Agents USA in 2011 and currently serves as the Director of Health Services.  Yulia has over 15 years of experience in international public health, energy and environmental protection in developing countries and transitional economies. She has worked with multilateral and bilateral donors and technical agencies, including the World Bank, the European Commission, World Health Organization (WHO), DANIDA, USAID, the Global Fund, as well as national government ministries. 

Yulia’s expertise includes health systems strengthening and reform, performance-based financing, and health supply chain management. Yulia has 10 years of specific management experience focused on strategic planning, budgeting, staff development, performance monitoring, technical and financial management, and coordination of multidisciplinary project teams. 
Prior to joining Crown Agents USA, Yulia was with Cardno Emerging Markets (formerly Deloitte’s Emerging Marketing Group) as a Senior Manager of the Health Systems business line. Earlier she worked for the WHO Regional Office for Europe in Copenhagen, Danish Environmental Protection Agency, and private consulting firms. Yulia holds a Master of Science degree in Economics and Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School in Denmark, a Master of Arts in Philology from the Moscow State University in Russia, and a Certificate in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University. She has lived in six countries and worked in 14. She is fluent in English, Russian, Danish, and possesses a good command of French. Yulia is based in our Washington, DC office.

Expertise:

Strategic Planning and Business Development, Health Supply Chain Management, Health Systems Strengthening, Program Management

Contact Information:

  • Phone: +1 202 650 6126
  • Email: ​​​​yjohansen@crownagents.com

Steve Thomas, ​Chief Operating Officer

Steve Thomas_blue_120x160Steve Thomas is Crown Agent USA's ​Chief Operating Officer. He is responsible for ensuring strong financial controls and compliance with government contracts, human resources, staff recruitment, information technology, finance, and accounting. 

Steve joined Crown Agents USA in 2012 after serving as Senior Operations Manager for Weidemann Associates.Prior to joining Crown Agents USA/Weidemann, Steve managed a $9 million/year contract for ITT providing information technology, communications, and information systems to USAID’s Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance.  He has also served as a consultant for USAID, where he established on site operations for the Disaster Assistance Response Teams. 
Steve began his career as an engineer for a major oil company and has been an instructor of the Dale Carnegie Course.  Steve holds an MBA in International Financial Management from the University of New Mexico and BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from Virginia Tech. Steve is based in our Washington, DC office.

Expertise: 

Program Management, Financial Management, Business Operations, Compliance

Contact Information:

  • Phone: +1 202 650 6107
  • Email: ​sthomas@crownagents.com
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