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Beth Dunford is the deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau for Food Security, where she also supervises the Office of Country Strategies and Implementation. She is responsible for overseeing the bureau’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving food security and reducing persistent rural poverty. A Foreign Service Officer, Dunford has been with USAID for nearly 10 years, serving both in Washington, D.C. and in two overseas posts.
From 2009 to 2010 Dunford served as the senior development advisor to Ambassador RIchard Holbrooke, the Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. In this capacity, she provided strategic direction and implementation guidance to reorient development programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of the president’s counterinsurgency objectives. Prior to this assignment she was the team leader for Afghanistan on the U.S. Central Command Assessment established by U.S. Army General David Petraeus. She also served on the ground in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2007 as the USAID/Afghanistan Alternative Livelihoods program director.
Other past positions held by Dunford include regional development advisor for USAID’s Office of East African Affairs (2007- 2008), where she oversaw the Africa bureau’s regional expertise in the Great Lakes region, and chief of the Assets and Livelihoods Transition Office for USAID/Ethiopia (2002 – 2005), where she managed food assistance, emergency preparedness and resiliency programming, and was the mission focal point for emergency assistance.
A New York City native, Dunford earned her bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University.
Last updated: December 05, 2013