Shah Assembles Team for New USAID Policy Bureau

U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah. Photo by: US Embassy Madrid / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0 US Embassy MadridCC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Rajiv Shah is moving forward with the staffing the new Bureau of Policy Planning and Learning at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

The bureau will be headed by Lawrence Garber, who will serve as acting assistant to the administrator. Garber, former chief executive of the New Israel Fund, is one of two deputy assistant administrators in the bureau, according to Shah.

“This new bureau, bolstered by the agency’s many technical assets, represents an essential step toward achieving President Barack Obama’s and Secretary Clinton’s vision of regaining USAID’s status as a premier development agency,” The Cable’s Josh Rogin quoted a June 7 e-mail sent by Shah to all USAID employees.  

The bureau, according to Rogin, will also be staffed by:

- Leticia (Tish) Butler as acting director, Office of Policy.

- Alex Dehgan as director, Office of Science and Technology.

- Jason Foley as director, Office of Strategic and Program Planning.

- Karen Turner as acting director, Office of Donor Engagement.

- Julie Kunen as senior adviser.

Shah said that USAID will also set up an Office of Budget and Resource Management soon, “although it’s not clear whether that office will actually control USAID’s budget,” according to Rogin.

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