Eddy Acevedo

Eddy Acevedo
National Security Advisor

Eddy Acevedo serves as the National Security Advisor in the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Office of the Administrator. Acevedo advises on foreign policy issues that intersect with international development and humanitarian assistance, while also serving as the principal liaison for USAID on national security and foreign policy matters with the National Security Council, the U.S. Department of State, and other Executive Branch departments and agencies. He also continues to serve as Chief Legislative Strategist and provides leadership and strategic counsel on important legislative efforts, in coordination with the Bureau for Legislative and Public Affairs, to help manage relationships with Members of Congress and their staff.

Prior to taking on the role of National Security Advisor, Acevedo served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and Chief Legislative Strategist for the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs. He oversaw all professional and administrative staff across three legislative divisions - House Affairs, Senate Affairs, and Legislative Reference - responsible for advising Agency components and liaising with Congressional committees and offices to advance USAID's priorities and objectives on Capitol Hill.

From April 2018 to June 2019, Acevedo served as Acting Administrator for the Bureau of Legislative and Public Affairs. In this capacity, he served as the Bureau’s Acting Senior Official with oversight of the Agency's external affairs and internal communications efforts, Congressional relations, and managed all Bureau staff, budget, and operations.

Acevedo has over 15 years of government service developing legislation, negotiating agreements, and coordinating foreign policy initiatives to advance and support U.S. national security. He held various positions in the office of Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen from 2005 to 2017, where he crafted legislation and strategies regarding domestic priorities. In 2008, he served as the Federal Affairs Coordinator for Miami-Dade County's Washington, D.C. office, where he developed and executed federal legislative strategies to support the eighth largest county in the United States. In 2011, Acevedo rejoined Congress and, ultimately, served as the Senior Professional Staff Member overseeing the Western Hemisphere portfolio for the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and later became the Senior Foreign Policy Advisor and Subcommittee Staff Director for the Subcommittee on Middle East and North Africa for Chairman Ros-Lehtinen.

Acevedo holds a Master's degree from the School of Foreign Service from Georgetown University, a dual Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Political Science from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, and a National Security Certificate from National Defense University.

Last updated: January 08, 2020

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