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Jeffrey Ashley was appointed USAID regional mission director in East Africa in July 2012. He previously served as senior deputy mission director in Afghanistan.
Ashley served as mission director in Yemen (2009), managing a portfolio of more than $200 million focused on stabilization and counter-extremism. He coordinated all USAID programs with the interagency team and the U.S. Military Special Operations Command/Central Command. The previous year, Ashley served as the USAID Representative on the Kirkuk Provincial Reconstruction Team in Iraq, where he managed a large portfolio of reconstruction, governance, economic development, agriculture, and rule of law projects with multiple U.S. Government agencies.
A Foreign Service Officer, Ashley joined USAID in 1995. He has also served in Indonesia as director of the Office of Basic Human Services (2007-2008), in E. Africa as director of the Office of Regional Health and HIV/AIDS Programs (2003-2007), in Angola as director of projects, in Cambodia and Mekong countries as chief of the Population/Health/Nutrition Office, and in Tanzania as PHN officer.
Ashley has more than 20 years of public health and general development experience in maternal and child health, HIV/AIDS, infectious diseases, economic growth, agriculture, democracy and governance, food aid, transition and humanitarian assistance. He has also worked with non-governmental organizations in Latin America and Africa, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Paraguay.
Specialized in public health and science, Ashley’s sub-specializations include epidemiology, maternal and child health, international health, and infectious diseases from the University of Texas School of Public Health. He also has post-doctoral training in psychiatric epidemiology, and conducted related research during a joint appointment at the university’s School of Public Health and School of Medicine in Houston.
Ashley is fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, and Kiswahili, with speaking knowledge of German, Guarani, Khmer, Bahasa Indonesia, French and Arabic.
Last updated: January 23, 2013