Since 2009, John Groarke has served as USAID’s mission director in Morocco, overseeing a program that promotes the participation of youth in the country’s political reform process, supports reform of middle school education, and helps reduce barriers to trade and investment. A counter-extremism initiative reaches out to young Moroccans susceptible to recruitment by violent international networks.
In 2010, Groarke also served in Afghanistan, leading USAID’s efforts to implement President Barack Obama’s new counter-insurgency strategy. He previously served as deputy mission director in Egypt (2006-2009), managing the economic assistance program and leading the mission’s transition to a regional service center. He also served as acting mission director there for two prolonged periods.
From 2005 to 2006, Groarke served as deputy mission director in Iraq. The program supported efforts to defeat an armed insurgency and establish democracy and stability in Iraq. From 2002 to 2005, Groarke served as senior regional legal adviser for Egypt and for Iraq, which he helped open in 2003. He was also the senior regional legal adviser for West Africa (1999-2002) and for South Asia (1996-1999).
A member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, Groarke received USAID’s Distinguished Honor Award in 2009, the Agency’s highest performance award, for his service in Egypt and Iraq.
Prior to joining USAID in 1995, Groarke practiced corporate law in New York and Washington, D.C., and taught international law in London. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University.
Last updated: March 01, 2013