Polly C. Dunford

Polly Dunford, USAID/Cambodia Mission Director
Mission Director

Polly Dunford was the Mission Director for Cambodia. Prior to this, she served as the Southern Syria Assistance Coordinator (SSAC) based in Amman, Jordan, where she led U.S. Government assistance efforts focused on southern Syria. A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Ms. Dunford has been with USAID for 15 years, serving in Washington DC, Haiti, Nigeria, Mozambique, and Jordan.

Ms. Dunford previously served as the USAID/Jordan Deputy Director for Syria Related Programs, where she led the Mission’s development of a strategic approach to mitigate the effects of the Syria crisis in Jordan. Ms. Dunford also served as the Deputy Director of the USAID Mission in Mozambique, where she built a coalition of G8 donors, private sector agribusiness investors, and the government of Mozambique to stimulate the agriculture sector and lift more than 3 million people out of poverty. As a health office director in three overseas posts, Ms. Dunford managed large, diverse portfolios targeting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, maternal and child health, reproductive health, and nutrition. Ms. Dunford played a key role in the launch of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Haiti from 2002-2004, and led the rapid scale-up of PEPFAR in Nigeria and Mozambique. She also oversaw the development of the Global Health Initiative strategy in Mozambique, including the President’s Malaria Initiative and components of the Feed the Future Initiative.

Before joining USAID, Ms. Dunford served as the Country Director of the Near East Foundation in Morocco and was a Peace Corps volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire.

A New York City native, Ms. Dunford holds a Master’s degree in Public Health from Tulane University and a B.A. in History from Northwestern University.  Ms. Dunford is married and has three children.

Last updated: November 14, 2018

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