Leslie Reed

USAID South Sudan Mission Director Leslie Reed
Mission Director

Leslie Reed was sworn in as USAID Mission Director for South Sudan on October 2, 2019, after serving as Mission Director for Ethiopia since 2016, where she led a major effort to support the reform efforts of the new Prime Minister, the development of the Mission’s new Country Development Cooperation Strategy, and responses to several humanitarian crises; and as Mission Director for Uganda from 2012–2016, where she pioneered the Mission of Leaders Program that received agency-wide accolades for empowering staff to lead at all levels, resulting in greater development results. 

She was Mission Director for Ethiopia from August 2016 to July 2019, and for Uganda from July 2012 to August 2016.

Ms. Reed also served as Deputy Regional Mission Director for USAID's Southern African Mission, as USAID’s assistant general counsel for Africa in Washington D.C., and as a Foreign Service regional legal advisor in Lima, Peru, and Accra, Ghana.

Before joining USAID, Reed was a senior project finance officer and assistant general counsel for the Export-Import Bank of the United States and an associate with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in Los Angeles.

Reed is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and the University of California, San Diego.

Last updated: October 24, 2019

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