Shereen Faraj

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Shereen Faraj
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator

Shereen Faraj currently serves as the Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator in USAID’s Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning. In this role, she provides leadership and oversight of Agency engagement with bilateral donors and multilateral organizations, promotes development finance and aid effectiveness and transparency, and oversees the Bureau’s strategic communications. Ms. Faraj serves as the U.S. Representative to the G20 Development Working Group (DWG) and has significant experience representing the United States in intergovernmental negotiations through the G7, G20, and OECD. 

Previously, Ms. Faraj was Director of the Office of Development Cooperation, which advances U.S. Government development, humanitarian and foreign policy priorities through USAID's engagement with bilateral and multilateral development partners. Ms. Faraj also helped lead the U.S. Government’s Syria response as the Syria Desk Team Lead in USAID’s Middle East Bureau, including establishing and serving as the U.S. Representative on the Management Committee of the Syria Recovery Trust Fund (SRTF), a multi-donor financing mechanism focused on essential services inside Syria that is currently capitalized at over $300 million. 

Prior to joining USAID, Ms. Faraj managed the development and implementation of anti-trafficking programs for the Middle East and South Asia at the U.S. Department of State and oversaw program and policy development for refugees, trafficking victims, and unaccompanied migrant children at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). During her tenure at HHS, in response to groundbreaking legislative mandates, she played a key role in the start up of a new federal division overseeing unaccompanied minors, which now serves over 40,000 children annually, and led efforts to design specialized federal programming for trafficked children in federal custody. 

Ms. Faraj began her career as a mental health practitioner and manager for the non-profit sector.  As a trained clinician, she holds a Master and Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Georgia.

Last updated: March 17, 2021

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