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 Mark your calendars and watch for emails announcing further details of the following events!

Save the dates!  More details will be provided later for this year’s additional UAA social events, including the following:

*Virtual. August 27, 2020, 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm — The Development Issues Committee will host a virtual (Zoom) session featuring Andy Herscowitz of the Development Finance Corporation leading a discussion on the formation and first six months of the DFC.  

*Canceled. Saturday, September 12, 2020, 12:00 noon to 3:00 pm — SUMMER PICNIC at Fort Hunt Park, Alexandria, VA.

*Virtual. Wednesday, September 16 – 12:30 p.m.- 1:30 p.m. – UAA/DACOR virtual Development Dialogue  –  UNICEF Executive Director (and former USAID Administrator) Henrietta Holsman Fore will speak on “From USAID Administrator to UNICEF Executive Director – Challenges and Opportunities”.  She is a great friend of the UAA – and was in fact the A/AID who initially suggested that USAID retirees should organize in an alumni organization.  This promises to be a great treat for all, with plenty of time for a Q&A session.  Details on how to register for this virtual event will follow.

*VirtualFriday, October 30, and Friday, November 6, 2020 — UAA Annual General Meeting will be held virtually on two dates. The first session on October 30 morning will address development issues related to climate change, and the second session on the morning of November 6 will cover UAA activities and priorities. More details will follow soon. Contributing UAA members are welcome to participate in both sessions but the UAA membership contributions for 2020 must be received by September 30 to ensure an invitation. Please check the UAA website listing to assure that you have contributed in 2020.


*Postponed. Please watch for an email announcing any rescheduling details of the UAA Book Club virtual meeting to review Daniel Markovit’s new book, The Meritocracy Trap:  How America’s Foundational Myth Feeds Inequality, Dismantles the Middle Class, and Devours the Elite.


Note from the UAA Board

We are pleased to announce that on June 29 the UAA Co-Chairs, Nancy Tumavick and Anne Aarnes, countersigned the Memorandum of Understanding with USAID, as represented by the Deputy Administrator Bonnie Glick and Counselor Chris Milligan. On July 13, the Deputy Administrator hosted a meeting for the Counselor, senior USAID representatives, and UAA Board members to celebrate the signing and launch our collaborative work on new agency-wide activities.

This as an historic agreement, since it is the first Agency-wide, multi-purpose MOU between the two organizations. It establishes the framework for a panoply of UAA volunteer services by facilitating USAID/UAA collaboration in the areas of leadership and mentoring; strategy, programs, and activities; public outreach and communications; and staff, operations, and administration.  The MOU builds on the very successful UAA mentoring program. Co-chair of UAA’s Strengthening USAID Committee, Roberta Mahoney, will serve as UAA’s point of contact with the Agency for MOU activities.

As these new volunteer positions are identified, we will provide information in the newsletter, on the UAA website, or by special email, as appropriate. To view the MOU, click here .

Getting to Know the UAA Website

The USAID Alumni Association website is now being updated to ensure the most current, relevant and readable content in a user-friendly format for our readers. Look for changes over the next few months, particularly under many of the navigation tabs.  We are seeking ways to make the reader-experience easy, such as the alphabetical directory introduced by John Pielemeier for the Bibliography of USAID Authors.  We welcome feedback from readers with suggestions to enhance this process. Please send your ideas to



With Regard to Recent White House Appointments to USAID

 On June 11th, the UAA Board of Directors sent the following letter:

“Dear Acting Administrator Barsa,

We are writing on behalf of the Board of Directors of the USAID Alumni Association, an organization supported by over 1,100 alumni of USAID who together have more than 20,000 person-years of professional experience and dedicated service to our country in the field of international development.

We take note of the controversy generated by recent White House political appointments to USAID, and of the serious concern, expressed by many USAID alumni, that those appointments signal a change in certain fundamental principles and policies that have guided the agency.

With those concerns in mind, we were heartened by your press statements of June 2 and June 4, which reiterated USAID’s firm commitment to advancing International Religious Freedom and LGBTI rights. We strongly urge and expect USAID to continue honoring those commitments, as well as its longstanding commitment to women’s empowerment.


UAA Board of Directors”

UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues:

The UAA/DACOR Development Dialogues is a series of interactive conversations on a broad range of topics relevant to the interests of international development professionals.

Below are summaries of the most recent events. Each includes a link either to an audio or video of the event. Being able to listen or watch an event should be of particular interest to Association members who live outside the DC area.

For a full archive of all events that have audio or video availability, please click here.  Our most recent event is below:

NEW! On June 30, 2020 the UAA and DACOR held our first virtual Development Dialogue at DACOR.  This unusual event, with an audience of over 100 from around the country, was required by the impact of COVID-19 and featured Gayle Smith, former AID Administrator and current President/CEO of the ONE Campaign and host, Alex Shakow.
While her main topic was “Attacking Poverty in a Rapidly Changing Global Environment”, she also answered questions for about 45 minutes on a wide array of subjects.  While expressing deep concern about the impact of the virus and other discouraging developments (including at USAID), she also found important reasons to be optimistic and hopeful.  See the video and hear her comments and responses to more than a dozen questions here.


In Memoriam

UAA has learned of the recent deaths of the following members of our USAID alumni community: Harold Lubell (2015)*, David Gregory Mathiasen, Carl J. Hemmer Jr., Daniel Ian Stoll, Richard J.”Dick” Pond, James Edward Blackwell, Kenneth Patrick LuePhang, Richard Lee Podol, John Kent Scales, Donald W. Maccorquodale, MD, Frank W. Brecher, Beverly Youmans, John A. “Jack” Shaw*.  A full listing of alumni obituaries may be seen in the In Memoriam  section.

If you would like to provide a brief obituary or personal tribute for these former colleagues and friends to be posted on this website or if you know of other people who have passed way and have not been noted here, please send the information to: Attn: Memorials.

Get Involved!

UAA is your organization and getting involved in Association activities will make us stronger, more interesting and – definitely – more fun. You can find a variety of activities to join under the Get Involved navigation tab at the top of this page, including:

UAA Speakers Roster

UAA Committees

Alumni Groupings

Job and Volunteer Opportunities

Recent News Articles & Links for Development Professionals

(NOTE: Inclusion of any given article or web link does not constitute endorsement by UAA.)

  • Recent Articles

Below are recent articles on development happenings, issues, etc. If you have articles that you believe would be of general interest to the UAA membership, please submit them here.

Over time, this list of articles has grown. To keep this page at a manageable size, older articles have been removed. To see and access the full list of articles, please click here.


  • Web Links

We offer links of general interest to folks involved in the development “arts.” If you have links you would like to submit, please send them here. To see and access the full list of web links, please click here.

If you have articles and/or links you would like to share with the rest of us, please send your suggestions to:, Attn: Development Issues.

Suggestion Box – Your Ideas for UAA

Some of you may have noticed the many changes that have been made to this, the UAA website. The objective is to provide a site that members will find useful and interesting – a place you will want to return to on a regular basis.

We would greatly appreciate your feedback and ideas about We also would like to have any news, articles or anything else you would like to share with your fellow alumni. Please send them to us at: Attn: Website.

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