For Immediate Release
Thursday, June 20, 2013
USAID Press Office
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Dr. Brooke Isham was sworn in today as the new U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director in Azerbaijan. USAID Counselor David E. Eckerson administered the oath of office.
As Mission Director for Azerbaijan, Dr. Isham will oversee USAID programs and assistance in the country. These programs support Azerbaijan's reform process by promoting competition and pluralism in the society, laying the foundations for a sustainable market-based democracy.
A member of the Senior Foreign Service with the rank of Minister Counselor, Dr. Isham most recently served as the Deputy Mission Director in Afghanistan. In this position, her responsibilities included oversight of the USAID economic growth and infrastructure portfolios, as well as USAID field operations in Northern and Western Afghanistan.
Dr. Isham began her career with USAID as an intern in 1993. Her first assignment was as a Program Economist in Mali from 1994 to 1995. From 1996 to 1998, she was a Project Development Officer and Deputy Program Officer in Central Asia. Dr. Isham served for five years in Russia, first as a Deputy Program Officer from 1998 through 2001, and then as the Director for the Office of Economic Policy Reform until 2003.
Following her assignments in Russia, Dr. Isham went to Jordan where she worked as the Director of the Office of Program Management until 2007. Her next assignment was the Deputy Mission Director of Sudan, a position she held until the end of 2009.
In 2010, Dr. Isham served as the Director of the Office of Food for Peace in Washington, D.C. Dr. Isham received a Ph.D. in commodity economics in 1992 from Stanford University after obtaining a master’s degree in applied economics and a bachelor’s degree in economics, both at Stanford University.
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