Ms. Rakas arrived in Asuncion in August 2009 after serving two years in USAID/Guatemala as Deputy Mission Director. From 2003 until 2007 she served as the Regional Legal Advisor in USAID/San Salvador, providing legal services to Guatemala, Panama, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador. Previously she served in USAID/Bolivia, for 5 years, providing legal services to Bolivia, Paraguay and Brazil. She joined USAID in 1994, beginning as a litigation attorney in the Litigation Office of USAID’s General Counsel in Washington.
Before joining USAID in 1994, Ms. Rakas worked at the law firm Bryan Cave, where she worked in litigation and commercial transactions. From 1984 to 1988, she served as a trial lawyer in the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division.
Ms. Rakas graduated with a J.D. from the George Washington University National Law Center in 1983, where she was an Articles Editor of the Law Review. She received a B.A. in political science and German from Miami University, Oxford Ohio in Dec. 1979. After graduating from law school she worked in the Federal Republic of Germany at an international law foundation (the Max Planck Institute) and at a private law firm (Boden, Oppenhoff & Schneider).
Her hobbies primarily revolve around her two daughters, Julie and Sara. They keep her very busy!
Last updated: March 14, 2013