Lawrence Meserve

Lawrence Meserve
Mission Director

Lawrence Meserve has been USAID’s East Africa Regional Mission Director since September 2009. Mr. Meserve joined USAID in 1983 and is a career foreign service officer with 26 years of USAID experience including 16 in Africa.  Mr. Meserve has a background in complex emergencies, community-based development, conflict mitigation, food security, and post conflict political transitions.

Prior to becoming Director of USAID/East Africa, he served as the mission’s Deputy Director for two and a half years. Mr. Meserve has also worked for USAID in Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Indonesia, and in Washington, DC, for the Office of Transition Initiatives and Office of Food for Peace.

He began his work in Africa as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya from 1975 to 1979 and worked in Somalia for the nongovernmental organization CARE from 1981 to 1983.  

Mr. Meserve has a Master of Arts in International Development from the School for International in Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.

Last updated: July 31, 2013

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