Charles McKeown, is a decision support, geospatial, and outreach specialist. He currently is the Assistant Director of the Global Center for Food System Innovation (GCFSI) a USAID Higher Education Solutions Network Lab. He developed the GCFSI M&E framework and reporting system along with the strategic communications plan and knowledge sharing efforts of the center. He previously served as the Associate Director for Decision Support at the MSU Land Policy Institute. He has developed informatics infrastructure for research and information at several levels from local government to enterprise research data systems.
In his work at Michigan State University, he has performed energy efficiency and renewable energy analysis, resource assessment, cluster analysis, ecological assessments, and education for the U.S. Department of Energy, the Michigan Public Service Commission, the Michigan Wind Resource Zoning Board, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Nigeria Ministry of Power, the Nigeria Border Communities Development Agency and for state decision makers.
He has published numerous reports and journal articles and educated over 7,000 individuals including legislators, industry members, government officials, and the public on topics ranging from development strategy to renewable energy development. Internationally he has facilitated strategic planning and capacity building in Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania and is currently serving as an advisor to the Nigeria Infrastructure Advisory Facility a DFID funded infrastructure development strategy center.