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April 22, 2016
Welcoming Our New Deputy Administrator Paloma Allen-Adams Back to USAID
Please join me in welcoming Paloma Adams-Allen who, upon her swearing-in next week, will be our Deputy Administrator for Management and Resources. Today, October 5, 2021, the United States Senate voted to confirm Paloma into this role with strong bipartisan support. I look forward to working with her and benefitting from her decades of leadership and development expertise to maximize the Agency’s impact and enhance the sustainability of our investments.
Paloma is no stranger to USAID. From 2010 to 2016, she served as Deputy Assistant Administrator and Senior Advisor in the Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean, leading our public-private partnerships in the region. Before that, she spent a decade in policy and programming roles at the Organization of American States, where she focused on advancing development goals in the Americas. She returns to the Agency from the Inter-American Foundation, a U.S. agency supporting community-led development in Latin America and the Caribbean, where she has served as President and Chief Executive Officer since 2017.
Born and raised in the seaside village of Strawberry Fields, Jamaica, Paloma spent her childhood in Jamaica and rural New England. Witnessing global inequality firsthand as she journeyed between these two worlds sparked her passion for creating hope and opportunity in developing communities.
Throughout her career, Paloma has successfully managed complex operations, stewarding resources effectively, leading diverse teams, and advancing reforms designed to enhance the efficiency of foreign assistance. We are thrilled to draw on this experience as she oversees USAID’s management and reform agenda. Paloma’s leadership is critical to strengthen and diversify a workforce that has been asked to do more each year to accomplish our mission in a world where there are never enough resources.
We welcome Paloma back to the USAID family, and we look forward to her leadership in spearheading development solutions as we respond to today’s global challenges and crises.
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