Sharon Cromer

Tanzania Mission Director
Mission Director

Sharon Cromer was sworn in as the mission director for USAID/Tanzania in January 2013. In this role, she oversees USAID's $334 million program to foster a healthier and more prosperous Tanzania. This is done specifically by improving the quality of health and education, strengthening governance, and contributing to economic growth in ways that improve food security and protect natural resources. Tanzania is one of four countries selected as a Partnership for Growth country, which is a U.S. Government program to accelerate and sustain broad-based economic growth among countries with a proven track record in policy and development.

Prior to this posting, she served for two years as USAID’s senior deputy assistant administrator for Africa, responsible for overseeing operations in the bureau, which manages a complex portfolio of programs of more than $6.3 billion in FY 2009.

A member of the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, Cromer has more than 20 years of experience in international humanitarian and development assistance. Prior to her appointment to the Africa Bureau, Cromer served in a temporary assignment as assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance, and then assumed the position of deputy assistant administrator in the Bureau for Management in September 2009.

In July 2007, Cromer was named director of the USAID mission in Nigeria, which, in 2008, implemented a $500 million assistance program in one of the largest, most important U.S. allies in Africa. The mission’s work included projects in economic growth, education, and good governance, but concentrated on health—improving maternal and child health, fighting malnutrition, and combating malaria, tuberculosis and HIV/AIDS. Before coming to Nigeria, Cromer served as director of the USAID mission in Ghana since July 2002. From 1986 to 1997, she served in Pakistan, Cote D’Ivoire and Senegal. Following these consecutive tours, she assumed the role of deputy director at USAID's mission in Indonesia.

Born in Washington, D.C., Cromer is a graduate of Barnard College at Columbia University and has a law degree from Georgetown University.

Areas of expertise:

  • Africa
  • Humanitarian Assistance

Last updated: November 12, 2013

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