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Brooke A. Isham, Mission Director

Brooke A. Isham, USAID/Iraq Mission Director

Ms. Brooke Isham arrived as Mission Director for USAID/Iraq in September 2015. Previously, she served as Mission Director for USAID/Azerbaijan where she oversaw a portfolio composed of projects in democracy and governance and economic growth.

Before Azerbaijan, Ms. Isham was posted in Afghanistan as Deputy USAID Mission Director where her responsibilities included the USAID economic growth and infrastructure portfolios, as well as USAID field operations in Northern and Western Afghanistan. Ms. Isham also worked in Washington, D.C. as the Director of USAID's Office of Food for Peace. Additionally, Ms. Isham served as Deputy USAID Mission Director in Sudan. Further, she worked in Jordan, Russia, Central Asia, and Mali for USAID, focusing on program management and program analysis.

Ms. Isham received a Ph.D. in commodity economics from Stanford University. She also holds a master’s degree in applied economics and a bachelor’s degree in economics, both from Stanford University.

William Patterson, Deputy Mission Director

William Patterson, USAID/Iraq Deputy Mission Director

William Patterson arrived in Baghdad in June 2016 to take his assignment as the USAID Deputy Mission Director. He previously served as the Director of the Economic Growth Office at USAID/Egypt where he managed a portfolio including trade & investment, antiquities, tourism, agriculture and water.

Before Egypt, he served in Islamabad, Pakistan as the Director of the Economic Growth and Agriculture Office. Other USAID posts include Washington DC, El Salvador, Zimbabwe, and Nepal. In these countries Dr. Patterson’s portfolios included agriculture, economic growth, environment, education, as well as democracy and governance.

Prior to joining USAID, he worked as a professor at Clemson University in South Carolina and as an institutional contractor on USAID projects in Senegal. He has a Ph. D. in Development Sociology from Cornell University.

Last updated: March 14, 2019

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