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USAID Afghanistan Leadership in Washington D.C.

 

Karen Freeman - Assistant to the Administrator

Jason Foley - Deputy Assistant to the Administrator

Kevin Brownawell - Acting Deputy Assistant to the Administrator


Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson

Term of Appointment: January 2020 to present

Chargé d’Affaires Ross Wilson

Ambassador Ross Wilson arrived in Kabul January 18, 2020, as the U.S. Chargé d’Affaires to the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan.  Over the course of four decades as a U.S. diplomat, he has served as ambassador to Azerbaijan from 2000-2003 and to Turkey from 2005-2008, and he held later assignments as chargé d’affaires in Turkey in 2014 and the Republic of Georgia from 2018‑2019.

Elsewhere overseas, Ambassador Wilson served at the U.S. embassies in Moscow and Prague and was consul general in Melbourne, Australia.  He was principal deputy to the ambassador-at-large and special advisor to the U.S. Secretary of State for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union in 1997-2000.  He also served as deputy executive secretary of the U.S. State Department for Secretaries Jim Baker, Lawrence Eagleburger, and Warren Christopher; chief of staff to Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick; chief U.S. negotiator for the Free Trade Area of the Americas; and worked in State Department offices dealing with the USSR and Egypt.

From 2010 to 2014, Ambassador Wilson was director of the Atlantic Council’s Eurasia Center, where he led Council work on Turkey, the former Soviet states, and regional energy, economic, and political issues and integration, and organized its annual Energy and Economic Summits in Istanbul. In addition, he has been a visiting lecturer in international affairs at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C., and served on the boards of Global Minnesota and the Institute of Turkish Studies and on advisory councils of other non-profit organizations active in international affairs.

Ambassador Wilson received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota and master’s degrees from Columbia University and the U.S. National War College.  He is a recipient of the U.S. President’s Meritorious Service Award, as well as numerous U.S. Department of State awards and honors.  He holds memberships in the Academy of American Diplomacy; the American Foreign Service Association, Diplomatic and Consular Officers Retired; the Washington Institute of Foreign Affairs; and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

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USAID Mission Director Peter Natiello

Term of Appointment: 1/2019 to present

Peter Natiello, USAID/Afghanistan Mission Director

Peter Natiello serves as the Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Natiello served as the Mission Director in El Salvador, Colombia and Bolivia; Deputy Mission Director in South Sudan and Bolivia; and USAID’s Senior Development Advisor to the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). He also served in Ecuador, South Africa, and Haiti. Before joining the Foreign Service, Mr. Natiello served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ecuador and as a Research Analyst with the Inter-American Development Bank in Washington, DC. A native of Corning, New York, Mr. Natiello received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from Colorado College and Master’s degree in International Affairs from Columbia University. He was awarded the Joint Civilian Service Commendation medal for his service at USSOCOM.


 

USAID Deputy Mission Director Jeffery P. Cohen

Term of Appointment: 10/2017 to present

Jeffery P. Cohen, USAID/Afghanistan Deputy Mission Director

Jeffery P. Cohen serves as Deputy Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to assuming his current duties, Mr. Cohen served as Program Office Director in USAID’s Asia Bureau in Washington and in USAID Missions in Afghanistan, Peru, and the Dominican Republic. Before joining the USAID Foreign Service, Mr. Cohen served in the Peace Corps as a Municipal Development Volunteer in Bolivia and then as Deputy Peace Corps Director in Honduras. A native of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Cohen holds a BA from Michigan State University in Political Economy and an MA from the Monterey Institute of International Studies in International Policy Studies.


 

USAID Deputy Mission Director Tina Dooley-Jones

Term of Appointment: 1/2019 to present

Tina Dooley-Jones, USAID/Afghanistan Deputy Mission Director

Dr. Tina Dooley-Jones serves as the Deputy Mission Director for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Kabul, Afghanistan. Prior to assuming her current duties, Dr. Dooley-Jones served as the Mission Director of the Kenya and East Africa Mission. She also served in Zimbabwe, South Africa, Namibia and Morocco. Before joining the USAID Foreign Service, Dr. Dooley-Jones worked as an architect in a design firm in Philadelphia. Dr. Dooley-Jones received a Ph.D. and Master’s degree in City and Regional Planning and a Master’s degree in Agriculture from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor’s degree from Dartmouth College.


 

Last updated: January 21, 2020

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