Ms. Adams-Allen serves as USAID’s Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources. In her role, she oversees the overall management, budgeting, and day-to-day operations of the Agency. Deputy Administrator Adams-Allen leads USAID’s internal reform agenda, including growing and strengthening USAID’s global workforce, advancing workforce and programmatic equity and inclusion, slashing administrative and programmatic burdens, modernizing the Agency’s private sector engagement, pivoting agency operations and policies to better promote locally-led development, and opening up USAID to a wider cross-section of non-traditional partners through greater equity in procurement. Deputy Administrator Adams-Allen represents USAID on the President’s Management Council.
She was formerly the President and Chief Executive Officer of the Inter-American Foundation and, before her time at the IAF, served as Senior Director for global private-sector-partnerships initiatives at Winrock International, at the Organization of American States in several hemispheric development policy, programming, and leadership roles, at the law firm Coudert Brothers and the advocacy organization Caribbean-Central American Action, and at USAID as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Senior Advisor in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean from 2010 to 2016.
Ms. Adams-Allen attended Brown University and Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. She holds a juris doctorate from Georgetown University Law Center.