Jennifer Adams

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Jennifer Adams
Acting Assistant Administrator

Dr. Jennifer Adams is currently the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Bureau for Global Health. Most recently, she served as the USAID Mission Director to Mozambique. From 2014-2017, she served as the Bureau’s Deputy Assistant Administrator and then as Acting Assistant Administrator.

Dr. Adams has served in USAID for 25 years holding positions in the Central Asian Republics, Senegal, Brazil, Mozambique, and Washington, D.C. Her positions included economist, and managing social sector portfolios, including health, education and environment projects. She served as USAID Mission Director in Brazil, and was appointed the first USAID development counselor to China in 2008. She headed USAID’s Office of Donor Engagement, where her duties involved analysis, communication, and collaborative efforts to generate joint understanding and action on key development priorities with both bilateral and multilateral donor partners around the world.

Dr. Adams graduated from Johns Hopkins University, has a Master of Philosophy degree from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex and a Ph.D. in Economics from Cambridge University.

Last updated: September 15, 2021

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