John Groarke

John Groarke

Mission Director

As Mission Director for USAID/Southern Africa, John Groarke is responsible for all USAID programming in Southern Africa, including bilateral programs in South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho and Swaziland, as well as for regional programming. USAID’s programs in the region promote trade and investment, combat gender-based violence, increase basic literacy, improve access to energy, combat wildlife crime, and confront the duel epidemics of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.

As USAID/Pakistan Mission Director from 2015 to 2017, Mr. Groarke led a $2.5 billion program promoting Pakistan’s development and the reconstruction of its conflict-affected border with Afghanistan. From 2013-2015, Mr. Groarke served as Mission Director for USAID/Haiti, leading a $2.2 billion program supporting Haiti’s recovery from a devastating earthquake. As Mission Director for USAID/Morocco between 2009 and 2013, Mr. Groarke led a program supporting the Government of Morocco's political and economic reform during a time of regional transition. In 2010, Mr. Groarke was detailed to Afghanistan to lead USAID’s efforts to implement the U.S. Government’s new counter-insurgency strategy. He previously served as Deputy Mission Director for USAID/Egypt (2006-2009) and for USAID/Iraq, (2005-2006) where, in 2003, Mr. Groarke helped open the Agency’s Baghdad Mission in the aftermath of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Mr. Groarke served as Senior Regional Legal Adviser for Egypt and Iraq (2002-2005), Senior Regional Legal Adviser for West Africa (1999-2002) and Regional Legal Advisor for South Asia (1996-1999).

A member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, Mr. Groarke received USAID’s Distinguished Honor Award in 2009, the Agency’s highest performance award, for his service in Egypt and Iraq. Prior to joining USAID in 1995, Groarke practiced corporate law in New York and Washington, D.C. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University.


Rebecca Krzywda

Rebecca Krzywda

Deputy Mission Director

Rebecca O. Krzywda joined USAID/Southern Africa as Deputy Mission Director (Bilateral) in August 2016. 

Prior to arriving in Pretoria, Ms. Krzywda served as the Controller in USAID/Pakistan from 20015 to 2016, and was the Controller of USAID/Serbia from 2011 to 2015.  

Since joining USAID as a Foreign Service officer in 1999, Ms. Krzywda has worked in USAID missions in the Philippines, Nigeria, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Serbia and Pakistan. 

Ms. Krzywda received a Bachelor's degree in Business and a Masters' degree in Accounting from the George Washington University Arts in Washington, DC and is a CPA.  

Last updated: July 11, 2018

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