Beth Dunford

Beth Dunford
Mission Director

Beth Dunford has served as USAID Mission Director in Nepal since December 2013. She leads USAID's agriculture, natural resource management, governance, economic growth, education, and health programs in Nepal -– a partner country for all three major U.S. Government development initiatives: Feed the Future, Global Climate Change and the Global Health Initiative.

Most recently, Dunford served as the Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, where she managed Feed the Future country programs. In this role, she led the Bureau’s technical and regional expertise focused on improving food security and reducing persistent rural poverty. 

Prior to this, Dunford was the Senior Development Advisor to Ambassador Holbrooke, the Secretary of State’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan.  She provided strategic direction and implementation guidance to reorient development programs in Afghanistan and Pakistan in support of the President’s counterinsurgency objectives.  Earlier, she was also assigned as the team leader for Afghanistan on the U.S. Central Command Assessment established by General Petraeus. 

Other past positions held by Dunford include Alternative Livelihoods Program Director for the USAID Mission in Afghanistan; Regional Development Advisor for USAID’s Office of East African Affairs; and Chief of the Assets and Livelihoods Transition Office for the USAID Mission in Ethiopia, where she managed food assistance, emergency preparedness, and resilience programming and was the Mission focal point for emergency assistance.

A New York City native, Dunford earned her Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University and her Ph.D. in Sociology from Michigan State University.

Last updated: November 19, 2014

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