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Deborah Kennedy Iraheta was named Mission Director for USAID/Peru and the South America program in November 2012.
Prior to assuming her current post, Ms. Kennedy served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Human Resources from September 2009 to October 2012.
She previously served as the Acting Assistant Administrator and the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. She assumed the position of Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in July 2008. Prior to this, she served as the Mission Director for USAID/El Salvador, one of 11 USAID regional platforms.
Kennedy-Iraheta also previously served as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia and the Near East Bureau, serving concurrently as the Office Director for East Asian Affairs. In this position, she provided leadership and support for USAID Missions and programs in the East Asia and Pacific, including Burma, Vietnam, and other non-presence countries. In 2005, she served as the Chief Operating Officer for the USAID Tsunami Relief and Reconstruction Task Force. From 1999-2004, Kennedy-Iraheta was the Deputy Mission Director for the USAID Mission in Guatemala.
A native of Washington, D.C. now resident of Virginia, Kennedy-Iraheta received her Bachelor’s degree in Economics and International Public Policy from George Mason University and her Master’s degree in Management from the University of Phoenix in 2006.
Last updated: December 20, 2013