Staff

Andrew M. Herscowitz

Coordinator

Andrew M. Herscowitz

Andrew M. Herscowitz, a Minister Counselor in the Senior Foreign Service, has been the Coordinator of the U.S. Government’s Power Africa program since 2013. Power Africa now is the world’s largest partnership for development, with 160 public and private partners who have committed $54 billion to double access to electricity in sub-Saharan Africa. Prior to this appointment, Mr. Herscowitz served as USAID's Mission Director in Ecuador from 2011 to 2013, and as Deputy Mission Director in Peru from 2009 to 2011.

In 2008, Herscowitz served as USAID’s Regional Legal Adviser for Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. From 2002 to 2007, he was regional legal adviser for the Caribbean, providing services to Barbados, the Dominican Republic, Guyana, Haiti and Jamaica.

After joining USAID in 2001, Herscowitz served as the lawyer for USAID’s Office of Development Credit, which has leveraged hundreds of millions of dollars in private sector funds through its Development Credit Authority loan guarantee program. He also worked with the USAID legal team that designed the original framework for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. He began his career in international development as a consultant with Probe International.

Following graduation from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, Herscowitz spent a year as a Georgetown volunteer in Nicaragua. After earning a law degree from the Georgetown University Law Center, he worked for the law firms of Piper & Marbury (now DLA Piper) and Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison in Washington, D.C. While at Piper, he was named pro bono lawyer of the year for running a Boy Scouts of America Law Explorers program for inner-city youth and for successfully helping victims of political persecution obtain asylum in the United States.

In 2005, the Federal Bar Association recognized Herscowitz as one of the five most outstanding lawyers under the age of 35 in the U.S. Government. He has been named as one of the 60 Most Influential Figures in East and West African Power and one of the Top 50 Most Influential Figures in Southern Africa Power. In 2018, Herscowitz was named as a finalist for the Service to Americas “Sammie” awards, given to the U.S. Government officials who have provided the greatest benefit to the American people.

Matt Rees

Deputy Coordinator

Matt Reese

Matt Rees is the Deputy Coordinator in Washington for Power Africa, the U.S. Initiative launched in 2013, working to add more than 30,000 megawatts (MW) of cleaner, more efficient electricity generation capacity and 60 million new home and business connections by 2030. Matt overseas USG interagency coordination and manages a team responsible for mobilizing USD $54 billion in private sector investment and donor funding for power projects in Africa. To bring power projects to financial close, Power Africa, and its more than 140 public and private sector partners, track and work to advance over 400 power transactions in sub-Saharan Africa.

Matt is a foreign service officer and private sector specialist for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to joining Power Africa, he served as the USAID Deputy Coordinator for Trade Africa – the U.S. Initiative, sister to Power Africa, focused on boosting trade with and within East Africa. He simultaneously served for five years in Nairobi, Kenya, as Director of the USAID/East Africa, Office of Regional Economic Integration, based in Nairobi, Kenya, directing programs and assistance for regional trade, agriculture and integration. He directed USAID’s technical and trade capacity building relationships with the East African Community (EAC), EAC Partner States’ Ministries of Trade, the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), as well as the regional donor community focused on advancing regional economic integration and trade. Mr. Rees has additional significant experience developing and implementing economic growth and policy programs in Colombia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Jordan, Guatemala and Mongolia. He holds a Masters in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School for Advanced International Studies, and a Bachelors in Anthropology from the University of Colorado – Boulder.

Richard Nelson

Deputy Coordinator

Richard Nelson

Richard Nelson is the Pretoria - located Deputy Coordinator for Power Africa. Previously, Richard was the Senior Resident Legal Officer in the USAID/Southern Africa Mission and was posted in Bangkok and Baghdad prior to South Africa. Before USAID Richard worked for Dell Inc in Austin, Texas, as an Emerging Markets Strategist working closely with foreign governments in negotiating investment MOUs, advocating corporate interests and analyzing economic development trends. While at Dell he also was involved in corporate social responsibility efforts in India relating to education sponsorship.

Prior to joining Dell, Richard worked for Wachovia Bank and the law firm of McGuire Woods in Charlotte, North Carolina, focusing on capital markets credit transactions. Richard also spent a year as an English professor at Qingdao University in China. Richard is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., 1998) and Brigham Young University (B.A. English, minor in Russian, 1995) and is a member of the North Carolina and D.C. Bars.

Last updated: May 15, 2018

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