Jim Barnhart began serving in July 2015 as Mission Director for the Jordan Mission, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Barnhart recently completed an assignment as the Deputy Assistant Administrator (DAA) for the Bureau for Food Security (BFS), where he led a team of over 100 employees. As DAA, Dr. Barnhart oversaw the Bureau’s engagement with the private sector, food security-related communications and outreach, and overall operations for BFS.
Previously, he served as USAID Mission Director in Albania from 2012-2014 and Lebanon from 2010-2012. His earlier overseas assignments include Pakistan, Zambia, and Jordan, supervising economic growth, agriculture, education, and democracy and governance programs.
Dr. Barnhart earned his Ph.D. in Economics from Georgia State University and a Master’s Degree in International Economics from the Johns Hopkins University (SAIS). He is married to Elizabeth Barnhart, and has two daughters –who have each served as Peace Corps Volunteers in Indonesia and Jordan.
Last updated: August 03, 2015