Mia Beers

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Mia Beers
Deputy Assistant to the Administrator

Mia Beers has a nearly 30-year history in the international humanitarian and development sector, where she has held various leadership positions throughout USAID. She most recently served in the Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, helping establish the Office of Global Policy, Partnership, Programs and Communications and coordinating key strategies around humanitarian policy; emergency classification levels; early recovery, risk reduction and resilience; and localization.

Over the last decade at USAID, she headed an international division based in six locations around the world, focused on global policy and humanitarian programs, donor and multilateral engagement, system leadership, local capacity strengthening, interagency coordination and training, public-private engagement, and strategic communications. She also designed new international initiatives to empower the current and the next generation of humanitarian leaders, creating strategic partnerships with various think tanks and multilateral organizations, as well as spearheading new diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility initiatives for the international humanitarian system.

Ms. Beers was posted overseas for fourteen years working on humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa, Southern Africa, the Middle East, Asia, and Haiti. While with USAID, Ms. Beers has led multiple large interagency Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DART) responding to complex crises and natural disasters in West Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, the Middle East and Asia, as well as Response Management Teams for Libya and Burma.

During her career, Ms. Beers also worked for USAID’s regional office in East Africa managing development and humanitarian programs and for the non-governmental organization (NGO) CARE, coordinating capacity strengthening and multi-sectoral programs for local organizations in Somalia. Early in her career, she worked for the Center for Applied Linguistics and the Council for Citizenship Education supporting democracy and citizenship initiatives.

Ms. Beers has served on an NGO Board of Directors in her personal capacity and represented USAID on the advisory group of numerous overseas organizations. Ms. Beers holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from George Washington University and a Master of Public Administration with distinction from American University’s Key Executive Leadership Program. She is also a graduate of the MIT Seminar XXI Program and the Foreign Service Institute’s National Security Executive Leadership Seminar. Ms. Beers has won numerous honor awards for her work overseas, including the Samuel J. Heyman Service to America group medal for her work on the U.S. Ebola Disaster Assistance Response Team. She often serves as guest lecturer at various universities on leadership and policy issues.

Last updated: September 20, 2022

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