Karen R. Hilliard

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Dr. Karen Hilliard
USAID Country Representative

USAID/Moldova welcomed Dr. Karen R. Hilliard as the new Mission Director in August 2016.  She oversees a program of development activities worth approximately $40 million annually in support of economic growth and accountable and democratic governance. 

A 30-year veteran of the Foreign Service, Dr. Hilliard holds the Senior Foreign Service rank of Minister Counselor.  Most recently she served as the USAID/Armenia Mission Director. Her earlier assignments included serving as Acting USAID Representative to Mongolia, Mission Director to Jamaica, Director of the Office of Strategic Planning and Budgeting for the Agency’s Bureau for Global Health in Washington, and Deputy Regional Director for Ukraine, Moldova and Belarus. Dr. Hilliard also served in Haiti, Malawi, Nicaragua, Oman and Egypt. 

Over the course of her Foreign Service career, Dr. Hilliard has managed projects in diverse technical areas including health, population and nutrition, environment, small and micro-enterprise development, education and training, and democracy and governance.  She has extensive strategic planning and program design experience and served as a subject matter expert on two successive Agency task forces on personnel reform.

Dr. Hilliard holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Northern Illinois University as well as Master’s degrees in Public Administration and Latin American Studies, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of New Mexico.  She is a two-time Fulbright Scholar.  Prior to joining the Foreign Service, she was Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Florida State University and Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Arizona.  She has published numerous articles on public administration, personnel management and international development.  She speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese, Armenian and Romanian.  

Last updated: January 27, 2020

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