Don Gressett

Portrait of Donald Gressett
Acting Assistant Administrator

Don is the Acting Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA). Prior to serving as the Acting Assistant Administrator, he was named LPA’s Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Legislative Affairs in January 2017. Don first joined USAID in the Office of the General Counsel (GC) before moving to LPA in 2017.

Don joined USAID/GC in September 2000 as a contracts attorney working in GC Acquisition and Assistance (A&A; formerly GC Contract and Commodity Management). He moved to GC Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) after less than one year, where he was primarily responsible for Title II food aid programs administered by the Office of Food for Peace, including the ocean transportation of donated commodities. He served in GC/DCHA until January 2005, when he became the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Policy (AGC/LP). As AGC/LP, Don was responsible for all legal matters related to USAID dealings with Congress, and worked closely with legislative counsels and Congressional liaison offices in other agencies, as well as oversight committees in both the House and Senate. During 2011 and again in 2015, Don spent 6 months on detail to the Senate Appropriations Committee, Subcommittee on the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and Related Programs.

Prior to joining USAID, Don worked for the United States Institute of Peace, Rule of Law Initiative from 1993-1995 as a research assistant and consultant. From 1995 to 2000, Don served on active duty in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate; and continued his military service in the Air Force Reserves until 2005.

Don is from Danbury, CT and attended college at Eastern Nazarene College, a small, private Christian college in historic Quincy, MA. He also holds a law degree and a Masters of Arts in Law and International Affairs from The American University Washington College of Law and the School of International Service.

Last updated: August 18, 2017

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