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As USAID/Pakistan Mission Director, John Groarke leads the Agency’s second largest overseas mission, with an assistance portfolio valued at over $5 billion. USAID’s program promotes stability, security and prosperity in a country at the forefront of U.S. foreign policy priorities, featuring projects in energy and infrastructure, economic growth and agriculture, health, education and resilience, with an emphasis on those regions facing security challenges.
From 2013-2015, Mr. Groarke served as Mission Director for USAID/Haiti, leading a $2.2 billion program that supports Haiti’s recovery from a devastating earthquake. As Mission Director for USAID/Morocco between 2009 and 2013, Mr. Groarke led a program supporting the Government of Morocco's political and economic reform during a time of regional transition.
In 2010, Mr. Groarke was detailed to Afghanistan to lead USAID’s efforts to implement President Obama’s counter-insurgency strategy by establishing regional satellite missions throughout the country. He previously served as Deputy Mission Director in Egypt (2006-2009), and in Iraq (2005-2006). Mr. Groarke served as Senior Regional Legal Adviser for Egypt and Iraq (2002-2005), Senior Regional Legal Adviser for West Africa (1999-2002) and Regional Legal Advisor for South Asia (1996-1999).
A member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, Mr. Groarke received USAID’s Distinguished Honor Award in 2009, the Agency’s highest performance award, for his service in Egypt and Iraq. In 2015 he received the Agency’s Superior Honor Award for his service in Haiti.
Prior to joining USAID in 1995, Groarke practiced corporate law in New York and Washington, D.C., and taught international law in London. He holds a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, a Master’s Degree in International Relations from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelor’s Degree from New York University. He is married and has two teenage daughters.
Last updated: October 15, 2015