Mary Ott currently serves as USAID’s mission director in Egypt, after serving as the Agency’s senior deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3). She previously served as director of E3’s Office of Economic Growth.
Ott oversees USAID assistance to Egypt that works to support economic growth led by the private sector, improve the quality of education, increase marketable skills, and promote healthy, productive lives.
A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Ott has served at USAID for 28 years. Before joining E3 in 2007, she was the senior director of the Office of Trade Capacity Building while on detail to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative. She also served as deputy mission director in Egypt (2003-2006) and as deputy mission director in Bangladesh (2000- 2003). Prior posts include director of the Economic Growth Office in El Salvador and chief economist for the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. She also served as mission economist in Panama, the eastern Caribbean and Guatemala.
Before joining USAID, Ott taught in Georgetown University’s Economics Department. She received her Master’s Degree and Ph.D. in agricultural economics from the University of California at Davis.
Last updated: March 01, 2013