Robert Clay

Robert Clay
Deputy Assistant Administrator

Robert Clay is USAID’s deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau for Global Health. He previously served as director of the Office of HIV/AIDS, responsible for leading the Agency’s programs under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief.  

A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Clay was also director of USAID’s Population, Health and Nutrition (PHN) Office in India. His areas of responsibilities included HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health, reproductive health, tuberculosis, polio, urban health, nutrition, health systems development, health communication, health research, and monitoring and evaluation.

Clay also served as director of the PHN Office in Zambia from 1998-2003, where he led the development of one of the first multisectoral HIV/AIDS programs at the Agency, which involved all U.S. Government partners in Zambia.  

After joining USAID in 1983, Clay was responsible for expanding the Agency’s efforts to increase oral rehydration therapy worldwide. Since then, he has held various positions, including chief of the Health Services Division in the Bureau for Research and Development, and deputy director of the Office of Health and Nutrition in Washington, D.C.  

Before joining the Agency, Clay worked for the American Public Health Association in Washington.

Last updated: January 25, 2013

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