Mr. Marburg-Goodman currently serves as General Counsel at Creative Associates International, a leading private implementer of the U.S. foreign assistance program. He previously served as Special Counsel to the Administrator of USAID, a senior Obama Administration appointment, and, at an earlier time, as the long-serving USAID Chief Acquisitions Counsel (Assistant General Counsel for Acquisition & Assistance), a senior career position.
Most recently, in his role as Special Counsel to the USAID Administrator, Mr. Marburg-Goodman participated in the conception and implementation of the Agency’s USAIDForward reforms, creation of a Global Development Lab, and expansion of human rights in development, among other tasks. While there, he also served as USAID representative to the White House Policy Council on expanding international human rights, on the Aid Effectiveness and Contracting-Out teams of Secretary Clinton’s Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, and as Coordinator of USAID’s Congressional Oversight Response Team. He also served as dedicated legal counsel for USAID’s new offices of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) and Development Innovation (DIV).
In the private sector, Mr. Marburg-Goodman provides Democracy/Governance consultancies in the form of technical assistance and training to senior officials, members of Parliament, and technical personnel of the Governments of Botswana, China, Gambia, Ethiopia, India, Lesotho, Mauritius, Mongolia, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Swaziland, under auspices of the International Law Institute (ILI), International Development Law Organization (IDLO), and USAID.
During a previous career appointment as USAID’s Assistant General Counsel for Acquisition & Assistance, Mr. Marburg-Goodman headed a team of attorneys and had overall legal responsibility for most of the U.S. foreign aid program’s instruments and funding, comprising a worldwide portfolio of U.S. Government contracts, grants and cooperative agreements in excess of $30 billion. In recent years, this included the portfolio of contracts and grants supporting Iraq and Afghanistan postwar reconstruction and development, Darfur and Southern Sudan relief and reconstruction, and HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria health programs.
While at USAID, Mr. Marburg-Goodman also represented the U.S. at the OECD, WTO and G-7 on a number of aid and trade enhancement initiatives, as well as at the OECD/DAC for the United States peer review process. He was the U.S. Government’s principal proponent of a commitment to financial/contracting capacity-building and reform in developing countries and led multiple U.S. delegations as part of international efforts advancing procurement strengthening. In 2004, he was U.S. member of a G-7 experts’ team that successfully negotiated an international agreement to ensure transparency in foreign aid contracting. In 2001 and 2004 he negotiated landmark international agreements at the OECD to “untie” foreign aid.
Mr. Marburg-Goodman’s other professional activities include his authorship of featured columns on Government Contracting, as well as on civil rights, in the Washington Post, Huffington Post and ABA Journals. He has served in the leadership of the American Bar Association as a Committee Co-Chair, including publication and speaking engagements in ABA fora; he also participated in ABA and ILI expert delegations to the U.N., including to the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL).
During the 2008 Presidential campaign, he served on the Obama Foreign Assistance/ Development Advisory Group and contributed substantively to the Obama Transition on USAID operations and policy.
Mr. Marburg-Goodman earned degrees from Amherst College and Harvard Law School, and is fluent in French.