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Paul Weisenfeld serves as the Assistant to the Administrator in the Bureau for Food Security, which leads President Barack Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative. In this capacity, he oversees the Agency’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving food security to sustainably reduce hunger, poverty and undernutrition.
The bureau works with host government and private sector partners to: address the needs of smallholder farmers and agribusinesses, emphasizing the empowerment of women; strengthen the environment for markets; promote research and innovation for agricultural development; and increase investments in nutrition while maintaining support for humanitarian food assistance.
A career minister in the Senior Foreign Service, Weisenfeld has served for nearly 20 years at USAID in four overseas posts and in Washington, D.C. From October 2010 to March 2011, Weisenfeld served as senior deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean. Prior to this assignment, he was the coordinator of the Agency’s Haiti Task Team, reporting directly to the USAID Administrator and responsible for coordinating the post-earthquake effort from Washington, D.C., as it supported recovery and reconstruction efforts in the field.
From 2006 to January 2010, Weisenfeld served as USAID’s mission director in Peru. In this position, he oversaw programs addressing education, health, economic growth, environment, democracy, alternative development, regional trade capacity building and development of the Peru-Ecuador border region. From 2002 to 2006, he served as mission director in Zimbabwe, overseeing programs in HIV/AIDS, democracy and governance, small enterprise development and humanitarian assistance.
His career with USAID also includes serving as senior regional legal adviser in Egypt from 1999 to 2002; regional legal adviser in South Africa from 1995 to 1999; and legal adviser in the Office of the General Counsel in Washington, D.C., from 1991 to 1995.
Weisenfeld worked in the private sector as an attorney with the law firms Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge from 1989 to 1991 and White & Case from 1987 to 1989. A New York City native, Weisenfeld earned a bachelor’s degree from Queens College and a law degree from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor on the Harvard Law Review.
Last updated: July 12, 2013