Position Title
Mission Director

Leslie Reed served as USAID/Egypt Mission Director from August 2020 to July 2023 and during that time the mission supported the Government of Egypt's response to COVID-19, elevated climate across the entire portfolio, initiated a public-private partnership to conserve the Red Sea Coral Reef at COP27, finalized its Country Development Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), galvanized women's empowerment through a new gender community of practice, and promoted staff leadership and professional development through the Mission of Leaders program.  Prior to Egypt, Ms. Reed served as Mission Director in South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda.  In South Sudan she led the development of the mission’s new CDCS, approved the establishment of a new FSN Advisory Leadership Council and collaborated with the mission’s humanitarian assistance team to respond to historic floods, rising food insecurity and COVID-19.  She served as Mission Director for Ethiopia from 2016 to 2019, where she led a major effort to support the reform efforts of the new Prime Minister, the development of the Mission’s new CDCS, and responses to several humanitarian crises.  As Mission Director for Uganda from 2012–2016, Ms. Reed pioneered the Mission of Leaders Program that received agency-wide accolades for empowering staff to lead at all levels, resulting in greater development results.

Ms. Reed also served as Deputy Regional Mission Director for USAID's Southern Africa Mission, as USAID’s Assistant General Counsel for Africa in Washington D.C., and as a Foreign Service regional legal advisor in Lima, Peru, and Accra, Ghana.

Before joining USAID, Ms. Reed was a senior project finance officer and assistant general counsel for the Export-Import Bank of the United States and an associate with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles.

Ms. Reed is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and the University of California, San Diego.  

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