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Lawrence Meserve has been assigned as Mission Director for USAID/Sudan, effective July 2013.
Mr. Meserve has worked with USAID since 1983, where he started as a Project Development Officer in the Sahel West Africa Projects office. He served as a Food for Peace officer in Washington, Ghana, the West Africa Regional Office (when it was located in Abidjan), and the East Africa Regional Office, where he led an informal Sudan Field Office as well as the Regional Food for Peace Office from 1995 to 2000.
Mr. Meserve worked in the Office of Transition Initiatives from 2000 to 2004, overseeing programs in Asia, and he helped launch programs in Afghanistan, Angola, Liberia and South Sudan.
From 2004 to 2006, he served as the Democracy and Governance/Conflict Director in Indonesia. He returned to the East Africa Regional Office in late 2006 to serve as Deputy Regional Director, then served as Regional Director from 2009 through July 2012. This included overseeing all of USAID's programs in Somalia.
He served on a temporary detail at the State Department as part of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review (QDDR) office, where he worked with a team that drafted an assessment of QDDR implementation for the Secretary of State.
In January 2013, he was appointed acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, where his portfolio included the Office of Food for Peace, the Office of Civilian-Military Cooperation, the Office of American Schools and Hospitals Abroad, USAID’s resilience initiative and management issues.
Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Meserve served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya and worked for CARE in Somalia.
Mr. Meserve has a Master of Arts in International Development from the School for International Training in Vermont and a Bachelor of Arts from Muhlenberg College in Pennsylvania.
Last updated: July 19, 2016