R. David Harden

R. David Harden
Assistant Administrator

R. David Harden was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to be the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) in June 2016. Mr. Harden leads a bureau with an annual budget of $4.8 billion, across nine offices with nearly 900 staff who focus on crisis prevention, response, recovery and transition. The nine offices of DCHA include the Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the Office of Food for Peace, the Office of Transition Initiatives, the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation, and the Office of Civilian- Military Cooperation. He will continue to spearhead USAID efforts to build democracy, advance resilience, and tackle fragility as a means to help communities escape protracted crises.

Prior to his appointment to DCHA, Mr. Harden served for three years as the Mission Director for the USAID Mission to the West Bank and Gaza. Mr. Harden also spent nearly a year and a half as the Deputy Mission Director at the USAID Mission to Iraq. Additionally, Mr. Harden served for three years as Senior Advisor to the Special Envoy for Middle East Peace. While based in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, he helped shape and implement U.S. policy towards Palestinian economic and institutional development and Israeli security related to Palestinian trade. In September 2011, Mr. Harden established the first USAID presence in Libya. He was part of a small expeditionary, inter-agency team charged to re-open the embassy, re-establish basic operations, respond to the humanitarian needs during and immediately after the war and assist with the political transition.

Mr. Harden earned his Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master of Arts in Political Science from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Franklin and Marshall College. Before entering USAID’s Foreign Service, Harden was a corporate lawyer in New York, N.Y. and Charlotte, N.C. He has experience as a consultant in Peshawar, Pakistan and was a Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana.

Mr. Harden is married to Sharon Albright Harden, a lawyer and consultant, and they have three teenage children: Tyler, Ryan and Waverly.

Last updated: September 02, 2016

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