USAID Names Alum to Mission Director Post

Posted: July 26, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has announced the swearing-in of Deborah Kennedy-Iraheta, BIS ’83, as mission director for El Salvador.

A senior Foreign Service officer, Kennedy-Iraheta has served for more than 30 years with USAID, most recently as the acting deputy assistant administrator for the Bureau for Asia and the Near East.

“As mission director, I am confident that she will serve as an able advocate for the people of El Salvador, and will work in partnership with other donors in El Salvador to bring about lasting change. She will be an inspiring leader, and will embody the values of the American people as we continue to provide vital development assistance to El Salvador,” said Ambassador Randall Tobias, director of U.S. Foreign Assistance and USAID administrator, at the swearing-in.

As the El Salvador mission director, Kennedy-Iraheta will manage a $30 million budget and support programming that focuses on accelerating economic growth and prosperity by promoting democracy, sharing the benefits of trade-led growth, expanding and diversifying the economy, and contributing to healthier and better educated people.

In her most recent position, Kennedy-Iraheta provided leadership and support for USAID missions and programs in East Asia and the Pacific, including Burma and Vietnam. She also served concurrently as the office director for East Asian Affairs.

In 2005, she served as the chief operating officer for the USAID Tsunami Relief and Reconstruction Task Force. Prior to that, she was the USAID deputy mission director in Guatemala, where she directed a $100 million program supporting the Guatemalan peace accords and managed day-to-day operations of the mission.

Kennedy-Iraheta has also held other positions with the mission in El Salvador and Guatemala, as well as with the Office of Private and Voluntary Cooperation in Washington, D.C.

A native of Washington, D.C., Kennedy-Iraheta focused her studies on economics and international public policy while at George Mason.

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