Christa Skerry White

Christa Skerry White
Deputy Assistant Administrator

Christa Skerry White is USAID’s deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Management, which provides mission-critical goods and services worldwide. These include the award and oversight of contracts, grants and assistance; information technology; travel, transportation and property; the Agency’s operating expense budget; and accounting, financial controls and reporting. The bureau also provides management advice and support to the Administrator.

White previously served with the Agency as senior development adviser to the Pentagon (2012-2013), and as executive secretary and senior adviser to the Administrator for national security affairs (2010-2012). She also served with the National Security Council as director for Afghanistan (2007-2009), where she was responsible for reconstruction, economic governance and development issues; humanitarian affairs; and civilian-military cooperation. From 2004 to 2007, she served as senior adviser for early warning and conflict prevention in the State Department’s Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization.

Overseas, White managed post-conflict stabilization and reconstruction programs for USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives in Afghanistan (2003-2004) and Macedonia (2002-2003), and managed Agency economic assistance programs in Nepal (1988-1998). She also served as country director for the Center for Development and Population Activities in Nepal, where she managed community development programs and helped to improve women’s political and economic participation (1998-2002).    

White holds a Bachelor’s Degree in English language and literature from Smith College and a Master’s Degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Last updated: December 04, 2013

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