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Ambassador P. Michael McKinley
Term of Appointment: 12/2014 to present
Ambassador P. Michael McKinley was nominated as the next U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan on August 28, 2014, and confirmed by the Senate on December 9, 2014. He was U.S. Deputy Ambassador to Afghanistan from September 28, 2013 to December 2014. Before that, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Colombia from August, 2010 – August, 2013 and U.S. Ambassador to Peru from 2007-2010.
Ambassador McKinley was Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Mission to the European Union in Brussels between 2004 and 2007. From 2001-2004, he served as Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Department of State’s Bureau of Population, Refugees, and Migration. Between 1994 and 2001, Ambassador McKinley was Deputy Chief of Mission and Chargé d' Affaires at U.S. Embassies in Mozambique, Uganda, and Belgium. Earlier assignments include U.S. Embassy London (1990-94), three tours in Washington (1985-90), and Bolivia (1983-85). Ambassador McKinley joined the Foreign Service in 1982.
Ambassador McKinley was born in Venezuela and grew up in Brazil, Mexico, Spain, and the United States. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies in the United Kingdom, and has a doctorate from Oxford University. His history of colonial Venezuela was published by Cambridge University Press as part of its Latin America series, and has also appeared in a Spanish edition. Ambassador McKinley is married to the former Fatima Salces. They have three children.
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USAID Mission Director William Hammink
Term of Appointment: 7/2013 to present
William Hammink became Director of USAID’s largest mission on June 20. Mr. Hammink was sworn in as USAID/Afghanistan mission director by USAID Administrator Raj Shah in Washington, DC.
Mr. Hammink is a Career Minister in the Senior Foreign Service, with more than 32 years at USAID working on international development and humanitarian programs.
He served as USAID mission director in India from August 2011 until his Afghanistan appointment, overseeing a $109 million program addressing the critical challenges of food security, climate change and health. Under his leadership, the mission engaged in a new model of development cooperation, in which U.S. assistance was a powerful catalyst in the creation of innovative alliances with Indian public and private partners to reduce poverty in India. This new development model also sought to leverage Indian creativity, expertise and resources to source, and scale innovations being developed and tested in India that would benefit vulnerable populations in other countries.
Prior to his mission in India, Mr. Hammink was USAID mission director in Sudan from 2009 until 2011. The Agency helped parties of the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement implement many of the agreement’s provisions, including nationwide elections in April 2010—the first multiparty elections since 1986—and a peaceful, on-time referendum on South Sudan’s self-determination in January 2011.
Earlier, Mr. Hammink was deputy assistant administrator in the USAID Bureau for Economic Growth, Agriculture and Trade. Appointed to this position in September 2007, He provided senior policy advisory and management services in agriculture, economic growth, development credit and education. He also co-chaired a U.S. Government interagency food security task force and served as the USAID representative to the G-8 food security experts group.
Mr. Hammink managed more than $2 billion in U.S. food aid as director of the Office of Food for Peace, from 2006-2007, testifying before three U.S. congressional committees on reauthorization of the Farm Bill. From 2003 to 2006, he was USAID mission director in Ethiopia, managing one of the largest USAID programs in sub-Saharan Africa.
Mr. Hammink received bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Minnesota, and has served in eight posts on three continents: India, Sudan, Swaziland, Senegal, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Russia and West Bank/Gaza.
USAID Deputy Mission Director Arthur Brown
Term of Appointment: 6/2015 to present
Mr. Arthur Brown is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the rank of Counselor for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). He has worked for the federal government for more than 20 years. He was assigned as the USAID Deputy Mission Director to Kabul, Afghanistan in June 2015. Prior to that, Mr. Brown served as the USAID/Nicaragua Mission Director from July 2012 to April 2015 where he was responsible for leading, directing, and managing economic growth, democracy and governance, health, environmental, and education programs.
USAID Deputy Mission Director Tamra Halmrast-Sanchez
Term of Appointment: 09/2015 to present
Ms. Halmrast-Sanchez has over 30 year experience in international development and humanitarian assistance. Currently she serves as the Deputy Mission Director for US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Mission in Afghanistan.
Prior to joining USAID/Afghanistan, Ms. Halmrast-Sanchez served in USAID/Yemen as the Technical Officer Director (2013-2015) managing a diverse portfolio supporting Yemen’s National Dialogue and transitional government. From 2011-2013 she served as the Director for USAID’s Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad (ASHA) managing over 200 awards worldwide. She spent three years in Iraq for USAID. From 2008-2009 she was a member of a United States Government’s Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) as the Senior Development Advisor embedded with the U.S. Brigade Combat Team, serving Baghdad. She was then appointed USAID’s Office Director for PRTs, traveling extensively throughout the country working with USAID Representatives, Iraqi partners and stakeholders in building Iraqi’s local capacity.
Over the course of her career with USAID, Ms. Halmrast-Sanchez has worked throughout Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. She spent 13 years in USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA) managing the U.S. Government’s response to approximately 75 disasters and complex emergencies globally each year and provided humanitarian assistance to hundreds of thousands people affected by these devastating events. She served as the Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) leader in response to Hurricane Mitch in Honduras (1998), civil strife in Kosovo (1999), famine in Ethiopia (2000), and the earthquake in Bam, Iran (2004). Ms. Halmrast-Sanchez also served as USAID’s Director for Operations for the responses to the 2005 earthquake Pakistan and the 2007 conflict in Lebanon.
Other career highlights include her leadership in creating and implementing the management system used by USAID for responding to disasters and complex emergencies worldwide. Her work was instrumental to the creation of the African Center for Constructive Resolutions of Disputes (ACCORD), a South African-based civil society organization working throughout Africa to bring African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent.
Ms. Halmrast-Sanchez started her career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Guatemala (1984-1986). She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Valley City State College in 1983, and a Master’s degree from the National Defense University’s Industrial College of the Armed Forces in 2005. She has received numerous awards for her service with USAID.
Last updated: October 06, 2015