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Janina Jaruzelski was sworn in as mission director to Bangladesh on December 20, 2013, where she oversees one of the largest USAID development assistance programs in the world in terms of funding and staff size. Bangladesh is a partner country for all three major U.S. Government development initiatives: Feed the Future, Global Climate Change and the Global Health Initiative. Currently, USAID programs in Bangladesh promote democratic institutions and practices, economic opportunity, effective health and education services, food security, responsiveness to climate change, and preparedness and response to natural disasters.
Most recently, Jaruzelski was the USAID mission director in Bolivia, where she served through September 2013. From 2008-2012, Janina served as mission director for USAID's Regional Mission in Ukraine, where she oversaw all USAID programming in Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus including projects in democracy and governance, economic growth, energy infrastructure, health, education, HIV/AIDS and counter-trafficking in persons. She also oversaw the Millenium Challenge Corporation's Threshold Country Programs for Ukraine and Moldova, which USAID managed on MCC's behalf.
Prior to her arrival in Kyiv, Ms. Jaruzelski served in Moscow from 2001-2008 first as Regional Legal Advisor, then as Deputy Director and ultimately as Acting Director of USAID's Russia Mission. Earlier, she served as Legal Advisor to the Europe and Eurasia Bureau of USAID/Washington and as Regional Legal Advisor in Egypt and Yemen.
Ms. Jaruzelski is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and holds the diplomatic rank of Minister-Counselor. She has won three Superior Honor Awards and numerous Meritorious Honor Awards from USAID. From 1996 to 1997, Ms. Jaruzelski was a member of Board of Governors of the American Foreign Service Association and received the American Foreign Service Achievement Award in 2000.
Ms. Jaruzelski graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University and holds a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining USAID, she was Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and Assistant Counsel to the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives. She has also worked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and at Macmillan Publishing Company.
Last updated: December 23, 2013