Assistant Administrator, Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment
U.S. Agency for International Development
Michelle Bekkering was sworn in as Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Economic Growth, Education and Environment (E3) on January 6, 2020. Ms. Bekkering leads the bureau in developing innovative and sustainable solutions across twelve technical sectors to accelerate the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)’s impact in reaching its development outcomes. When E3 transitions to the Bureau for Development, Democracy and Innovation (DDI) as part of USAID’s Transformation, Ms. Bekkering will continue her leadership role and serve as DDI’s Assistant Administrator.
Ms. Bekkering joined USAID in July 2017, and concurrently served as the E3 Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator and as the agency’s Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women’s Empowerment. During her tenure as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of E3, Michelle led the bureau’s efforts to reorient its strategies, partnerships and programs to achieve the administrator’s vision of USAID’s “journey to self-reliance.” This included the U.S. Government Strategy on International Basic Education, which was released in September 2018; and USAID’s new Private Sector Engagement policy, which was launched in December 2018.