Cindy Huang

Publication Date: March 1, 2021

Director, Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR)

Cindy Huang serves as the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

Prior to joining ORR in the Biden Administration, Director Huang was the vice president of strategic outreach at Refugees International, where she led efforts to expand support for improved protection and outcomes for displaced people. In this capacity, she co-founded and directed the Refugee Advocacy Lab, an initiative with more than two dozen partners that builds the diverse constituency for refugees through strategic communications, inclusive policies and new partnerships at local, state, and national levels.

As a senior executive in government and nonprofit sectors, Huang has led policy and programmatic initiatives to deliver innovative solutions and major improvements in service delivery for vulnerable populations. As the deputy vice president for sector operations at the Millennium Challenge Corporation, she was responsible for the strategic direction and technical oversight of a $2 billion program portfolio to reduce poverty and advance gender and social inclusion in developing countries. While at the State Department, she managed the interagency team that designed and implemented Feed the Future, the U.S. government’s global hunger and food security initiative, and served as the director of policy in the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations.

 Director Huang also co-directed the program on migration, displacement and humanitarian policy at the Center for Global Development where she led projects on supporting Syrian and Rohingya refugees and their host communities, and worked for Doctors Without Borders in Kenya, Nigeria and South Sudan. She holds a Ph.D. in sociocultural anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley, a master in public affairs from the Princeton School of Public and International Affairs and a B.A. in ethics, politics and economics from Yale University.