Assistant Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)
Linda Etim was sworn in as USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Africa in December 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for more than $7 billion of assistance funding to 46 countries, in 29 regional and bilateral missions across sub-Saharan Africa.
Most recently, Ms. Etim served as USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa where she oversaw USAID’s support to the United States’ goals of stabilizing fragile states and promoting transformational development through the full range of foreign assistance programming. This includes, promoting peace and security, democracy, good governance, agricultural development, free markets and economic integration, a sustainable environment, improved human health, education and the delivery of humanitarian assistance in times of need.
From 2009-2012, Ms. Etim served on the National Security Council as the Director for East African Affairs, where she was responsible for coordinating U.S. policy on some of the African continent’s most important challenges, including civil-military affairs, governance, economic growth, and humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa.
Previously, Ms. Etim spent over a decade as a specialist in African security affairs for the Department of Defense and Intelligence Community.
Ms. Etim received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin in African International Affairs, French, and Portuguese