Abbe Fessenden is a Principal and co-Founder of Value-Add, LLC, with more than 35 years of development experience in the public and private sector.


At Value-Add, Ms. Fessenden concentrates on institutional analysis and capacity development, assessments and strategic planning, project design, performance measurement and evaluation, as well as business development and marketing.


Ms. Fessenden's work emphasizes the socio-political and economic context within which Value-Add's projects and activities operate.

  • As a USAID Program/ Project Development Officer, she focused on strategic planning, design, oversight and evaluation of technical assistance and policy reform activities.

  • At USAID, she worked on economic growth, agricultural development and policy reform in various sectors.

  • Her long-term assignments overseas included Niger, Burundi, Cameroon / Central African Republic, Nigeria and Morocco.
  • During her last USAID assignment she served as an Evaluation Assessment Manager in the Program and Operations Assessment Division of the Center for Evaluation Development Information (CDIE).


Since retiring from USAID, Ms. Fessenden has primarily been involved in proposal development and oversight of analysis in: agriculture/natural resources, economic development, education, health, food assistance and local government reform.

For instance, as an independent consultant, Ms. Fessenden was team leader for Social Impact’s Evaluation of the Liberia Sustainable Tree Crops Program (STCP). She developed the technical approach for the Task Order Proposal, prepared the final evaluation design and implementation plan, and edited the final report.

Ms. Fessenden also served as project manager and provided technical backstopping, particularly in Monitoring and Evaluation and Institutional/Social Analyses for Value-Add’s subcontract with Agland Investment Services for the Project Management of Agribusiness Development Services component of the Millennium Challenge Compact in Cape Verde.

Education: Ms. Fessenden received her M.A. in International Affairs from the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C. She is proficient in French.

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