Dina Esposito

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Dina Esposito
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator

Dina Esposito is an Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Previously, Ms. Esposito was the director of USAID’s Office of Food for Peace where she oversaw the Agency’s food assistance programming, spanning 48 countries worldwide and valued at more than $2 billion annually. USAID’s Office of Food for Peace responds to acute food insecurity by providing in-kind food aid, locally and regionally procured food aid, food vouchers, and cash transfers to millions of people affected by conflict and natural disasters annually. In addition, it also supports interventions in critical areas such as nutrition, health, agriculture, and livelihoods to address the underlying causes of poverty and hunger among the poorest of the poor with development food aid.

Ms. Esposito began her career as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of State, where she covered African refugee assistance issues in the Bureau for Population, Refugees, and Migration. From 1992 to 1999, Ms. Esposito worked at USAID. She served as the disaster response manager for the Horn of Africa in the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), covering the Somalia famine response in the early 1990s, among other humanitarian emergencies. She was among the first staff of USAID’s Office of Transition Initiatives, which opened its doors in the mid 1990s, focusing her work on new programming approaches in post-conflict contexts. She also served as a senior policy advisor in USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Response Office of Program, Planning, and Evaluation; and in the Africa Bureau's Office of Central and West African Affairs.

From 2000 to 2006, Ms. Esposito was a consultant, working with USAID and a variety of nongovernmental and for-profit organizations on policy analysis, program design, and training for staff working in conflict and post-conflict settings.

Prior to re-joining USAID, Ms. Esposito worked from 2006 to 2010 for Pact, a U.S. non-governmental organization. She was based in Ethiopia as Pact’s Chief of Party for the Constructive Dialogue Initiative project, a democracy-governance and conflict mitigation program, and also served as Pact’s regional peacebuilding advisor in Kenya.

Ms. Esposito is a graduate of Williams College and holds a Master's Degree from Johns Hopkins University, School for Advanced International Studies.

Last updated: August 01, 2016

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