For Immediate Release
Washington, D.C. – On August 16, David McCloud was sworn in as Mission Director to South Sudan. Senior Development Advisor at the Foreign Service Institute Hilda Arellano administered the oath of office in the presence of family and colleagues. He will begin his post in Juba on September 3.
As Mission Director, McCloud will oversee USAID’s humanitarian and development programs in South Sudan as the country enters its third year of independence. These programs include lifesaving food and other emergency assistance, as well as development programs in health, education, conflict mitigation, democracy and governance, and agriculture-driven economic growth. USAID is the largest provider of both development and humanitarian assistance in South Sudan.
A career USAID Senior Foreign Service Officer, McCloud joined the U.S. Foreign Service in 1988.
Most recently (from 2010 to 2013), McCloud served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs, where he oversaw USAID’s extensive portfolio of activities in Pakistan.
He previously served as the acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Asia and Near East Bureau of USAID, and the Director of the Office for Middle East Affairs. Earlier assignments included positions in USAID missions in Egypt, Malawi and Kenya, as well as in the Africa Bureau and Management Bureau in Washington.
He holds a B.A. degree from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut, and two M.A. degrees from the University of California at Los Angeles (African Studies and Public Administration), and completed coursework, exams and research for a Ph.D. in Development Studies from the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
He was a Fulbright Scholar in 1983-84, conducting research in Tanzania on agricultural production, and a Peace Corps volunteer 1977-80 working as a budget analyst in the Ministry of Finance in Fiji.
Last updated: January 18, 2014