Congressional Liaison Division

Through mandated reports and regular briefings of Congressional staff, the Congressional Liaison Division maintains close contact with members of Congress, keeping them informed of USAID development and assistance efforts and obtaining their views on related matters. Congressional Liaison Officers are responsible for facilitating communication between U.S. lawmakers and the Agency, transmitting USAID’s messages in a transparent manner and ensuring that Congress understands the Agency’s objectives abroad. Each Congressional Liaison Officer coordinates with Agency bureaus as well as Congressional committees to communicate the status of USAID’s programs and policies. Additionally, Congressional Liaison Officers assemble materials representing the Agency's position on pertinent issues in preparation for Congressional hearings.

Congressional Liaison Division publications include the USAID Congressional Bulletin as well as Congressional Reports

Staff Assignments

Telephone: 202-712-4300

Areas of Responsibility Legislative Staff E-mail
Assistant Administrator Chuck Cooper
Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Barbara Feinstein
Special Assistant Kur Kur
Administrative Operations Assistant Florence Roach
Senate Division Chief, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Angela Catella
House Division Chief, House Foreign Affairs Committee, GAO, Armed Services Committees, West Bank/Gaza Cliff Stammerman
Division Chief for Legislative Reference; Policy, Planning, and Learning Bureau Lee Walter
Senior Advisor for House Appropriations (HACFO), Global Health, Budget and Resource Management (BRM) Ven Neralla
Africa (including Ebola Transition/Recovery), Asia Kate Alexander
Center for Faith-Based and Community Initatives, Office of Civilian Military Cooperation Rob Cooper
DCHA/OFDA, DCHA/OTI, DCHA/Food For Peace, Middle East Humanitarian Crisis Katy Crosby
Sudan and South Sudan, Presidential Initiatives for Africa [Power Africa, Trade Africa, YALI, Security Governance Initiative & AGOA], DCHA/DRG, DCHA/CMM, DCHA/ASHA Brionne Dawson
Policy, Planning & Learning, Latin America & the Caribbean, USAID Forward Michelle Dworkin
Global Development Lab, House Oversight & Gov’t. Reform, Senate Homeland Security & Gov’t. Affairs Elizabeth (Lizzy) Hang
Legislative Reference, Europe and Eurasia James Kennedy
Bureau for Food Security, Global Food Security Act Jennifer Key
Congressional Correspondence & Reports, Transcripts and Questions for the Record Jacob Leffler
Congressional Notification, Legislative Referral Memoranda Kathy Morris
Small Business (OSDBU), Economic Growth, Education, and Environment, Climate Change, Energy, Trade, Gender Monica Pons
Senate Appropriations (SACFO), Afghanistan/Pakistan Dottie Rayburn
Human Resources; Office of Civil Rights & Diversity; Congressional Awards; Congressional Research Service Stan Sienkiewicz

Last updated: April 20, 2016

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