Gwendolyn Appel serves as the Vice President of Operations for Counterpart International,  overseeing Counterpart’s Grants, Contracts and Compliance unit, Project Support Unit, and IT. Gwen joined Counterpart in August 2020 to establish the Project Support Unit at Counterpart with the goal of delivering timely and effective services to the Programs team. Gwen brings to Counterpart more than 20 years of experience in business operations, administration, and management of donor-funded grants and projects.  Her technical expertise spans health, environment, democracy and governance, stabilization, and economic growth portfolios.  Gwen has spent significant time opening overseas offices and supporting staff and grantees in operations, financial, and grants management.

Prior to joining Counterpart, Gwen was an independent consultant for 8 years, providing technical and operations assistance to variety of clients working in the international development arena and undertaking short term assignments throughout West, East, and Southern Africa, as well as in South East Asia. Previously, Gwen was the Director of Project Management at DAI heading up the business unit that provided operational and administrative project support company-wide. Before joining DAI, Gwen worked in the Economic Growth and Democracy and Governance group at Abt Associates and the Environment and Natural Resources Group at International Resources Group (now a part of RTI).


  • MBA, University of Maryland Smith School of Business
  • B.A., Government and Politics, University of Maryland
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