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Susan Fine, a career U.S. Foreign Service Officer, began her service as Mission Director for USAID/Senegal in November, 2013
Ms. Fine comes to Dakar from Washington D.C, where she served as Director for East African Affairs, overseeing USAID’s programs in the Horn of Africa and the Great Lakes region. In this capacity, she contributed to the development of the Horn of Africa resilience program and USAID’s first resilience policy, which formed a blueprint for the more recent Sahel Resilience Program.
Ms. Fine earlier served as Deputy Mission Director responsible for southern Sudan during its historic self-determination referendum and transition to independence in 2011. Prior to that, Ms. Fine guided program policy in Washington, and served as Director of Strategic Planning and Operations in the Bureau for Asia and the Middle East.
Ms. Fine was previously assigned to Senegal from 2000-2004. During that time, she worked to involve local partners more directly with USAID programs, accelerate school construction, and implement peace and reconciliation projects in the Casamance.
As Mission Director, Ms. Fine will oversee USAID’s programs in Senegal, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mauritania, and several other countries. In Senegal, USAID partners with the government, private sector, and civil society to create jobs, improve access to quality education and healthcare, strengthen democratic institutions, and develop the agriculture sector to increase production and incomes.
“I am delighted to be back and see the progress Senegal has made in the last nine years,” Ms. Fine said. “Senegal is an excellent development partner with USAID, and as such, benefits from numerous U.S. initiatives including the President’s Malaria Initiative, Feed the Future, and the Young African Leaders Initiative. I look forward to strengthening this partnership with the help of an outstanding team of local and American staff.”
Ms. Fine began her development career as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Swaziland. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in economics from Colby College and a Master’s Degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Fine is married with two grown sons.
Last updated: December 28, 2015