Melissa Williams

Melissa Williams
Deputy Assistant Administrator

Melissa Williams joined the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment in June 2015 as a Deputy Assistant Administrator. She oversees economic growth activities including offices which provide leadership in economic policy, trade and regulatory reform, private capital and microenterprise, development credit authority and local sustainability.

Prior to this position, Williams served as mission director in Zimbabwe (2011 – 2015) and Zambia (2007-2011). Since her career at USAID began in 1987, she has worked in Honduras, Zimbabwe, Zambia and South Africa, where she was the program officer. She has also served in the Agency's Africa Bureau in Washington, D.C., and in the West Coast Outreach Office in Ontario, California. In 2006, she served as the deputy mission director in Zambia. She also worked for five years as a commercial banker in the United States.

Williams has received numerous awards for her service to USAID. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina and her master's from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

Last updated: June 30, 2015

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