Ajit Joshi is USAID's acting senior LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) coordinator, policy and program adviser, leading the Agency’s LGBT Coordinating Committee and over 300 LGBT champions in 43 of 80 USAID missions worldwide.
Under his leadership, USAID has drastically increased its profile and programming on LGBT issues, both in workplace policy in hiring and retention, and international development programming. His support for USAID programs, ranging from Vietnam, Malawi and Colombia to the regional Being LGBT in Asia, has been recognized for team building, technical excellence and inclusion.
Joshi concurrently serves as a democracy specialist for local capacity development in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He previously served in the Agency's Office of the Counselor, Office of Private Voluntary Cooperation, and in the Africa Bureau.
For his courageous leadership in establishing USAID as a maverick and thought leader in inclusive development of LGBT people—both staff and program beneficiaries—Joshi received the Agency’s Distinguished Honor Award. He has also received USAID's Superior Honor Award, a Superior Accomplishment Award for Special Acts and Suggestions, and an Equal Employment Opportunity Award.
Joshi received a Master’s Degree in international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs, a Bachelor’s Degree in international relations from Tufts University, and a Fulbright Fellowship (India).
Last updated: January 21, 2014