Scott McPherson

Senior Manager, ENVISION

Scott McPherson


  • PhD candidate, Infectious and Tropical Disease, London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
  • MPH, Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health
  • Post-bacc., Biological Sciences, Texas State University
  • BA, English, Texas State University
  • BA, History, Texas State University

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Scott McPherson is currently a Senior Program Manager for USAID's ENVISION project, providing technical and programmatic supervision to NTD control and elimination efforts in Ethiopia, Mozambique, and Nigeria. He also performs a global leadership role as Chair of the International Coalition for Trachoma Control, a coalition of partners dedicated towards eliminating trachoma by 2020.  His additional duties include supervision of the development of annual work plans and budgeting, monitoring and evaluation, implementation of disease specific assessments and operational research, drug management, strategic planning, and disease mapping.

Before taking the role as Senior Program Manager, Mr. McPherson spent three years as Chief of Party for RTI International’s NTD programs in Ethiopia.  Mr. McPherson supported the USAID-funded ENVISION and Morbidity Management and Disability Prevention (MMDP) projects as well as the Bill and Melinda Gates Fund (BMGF) project focusing on NTD data management. In this role, Mr. McPherson managed a $12 million annual budget with activities that included managing direct implementation of the Mass Drug Administration (MDA) for onchocerciasis, lymphatic filariasis, trachoma, and soil-transmitted helminthes, as well as implementing morbidity management interventions as they relate to trachoma and lymphatic filariasis, including trachomatous trichiasis (TT) surgeries, lymphedema management and hydrocele surgery. 

Mr. McPherson has 10 years' experience working in Kenya, South Sudan, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Mozambique and the West Bank in the areas of neglected tropical diseases, human resources for health, health system strengthening, health program management, epidemiological analysis, supply chain management, monitoring and evaluation, and community mobilization. He also has knowledge and training in scabies, leishmaniasis, HIV/AIDS, polio, malaria, hygiene and sanitation, behavior change, and health education, as well as a deep understanding and appreciation of working in a cross-cultural context (including an American Council on The Teaching of Foreign Languages advanced high fluency score in Kiswahili).

Before joining RTI, Mr. McPherson was a program officer and program development manager for IntraHealth in Chapel Hill, NC, and prior to that he served as a technical adviser to the Carter Center in South Sudan, where he specialized in trachoma and Guinea worm.  Mr. McPherson is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, having served two years in Kenya as an HIV education volunteer.