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Margaret Sullivan serves as USAID's acting chief operating officer as well as chief of staff, having joined the Agency in 2011. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she served as director of political risk management at Farallon Capital Management in San Francisco, Calif.
Sullivan began her federal career on Capitol Hill, where she served as a professional staff member of the House Intelligence Committee and as national security adviser to the House majority leader. In 1994, Sullivan joined the Clinton administration and served as special assistant to Defense Secretary William Perry, helping to manage his relationship with the press corps, White House and Congress. At the Department of Housing and Urban Development, she served as West Coast regional director and as chief of staff for Secretary Andrew Cuomo. She has also served as chief of staff for the U.S. Trade Representative in the Executive Office of the President
In addition to her federal service, Sullivan served for five years on the board of an Oakland-based community development bank, OneCal.
Sullivan has a Master's Degree in public management from the University of Maryland, a Bachelor's Degree in political science from Stanford University, and was a MacArthur fellow.
Last updated: February 27, 2013