Ribbon cutting ceremony at the American University of Armenia's new student center. Photo by: Anne Dix

When Anne Dix was a teenager living in Guatemala, she attended a presentation by an environmental officer on the work that the U.S. Agency for International Development was doing to promote forest products in the Maya Biosphere Reserve. At that moment, she said, she was “hooked” and decided this was her dream job.

Dix, who has a Ph.D. in ecology, has now been with USAID for 22 years and managed environmental programs in Central America, the Amazon region, and West Africa. She is currently based in Washington as senior adviser at the Bureau for Development, Democracy, and Innovation but is soon heading to Botswana to serve as a country representative.

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