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John Mark Winfield was sworn in as the U.S. Agency for International Development Mission Director to Liberia in June 2013. USAID’s Liberia program is among the largest per capita USAID programs in the world and includes projects to support food security, democracy and good governance, economic growth, health and education. U.S. assistance to Liberia totaled nearly $200 million in fiscal year 2012.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Winfield served as Deputy Mission Director in Uganda, Deputy Director of the Office of Overseas Management Support at USAID headquarters and a senior member of USAID’s Afghanistan/Pakistan Task Force. He held Executive Officer positions with USAID in Afghanistan, Haiti, Benin and Kenya stretching back to 1993. He also worked as Chief Management Officer for the Bureau for Africa in Washington for 6 years.
Before coming to USAID, Mr. Winfield worked as Peace Corps Director in the Seychelles and later on in the Solomon Islands and Vanuatu. He also served as Associate Peace Corps Director for Programming and Training in Papua New Guinea.
Mr. Winfield began his career in development assistance in 1980 at Peace Corps headquarters in Washington, D.C., while completing his graduate studies at Howard University. From 1981-83 he was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Eastern Caribbean where he served as a special education teacher. Mr. Winfield has three children, Jonmarc, Tsehai and Zawadi.
Last updated: May 16, 2016