Michelle Bekkering

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‚Äôs Senior Coordinator for Gender Equality and Women‚Äôs Empowerment. During her tenure as Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator of E3, Michelle led the bureau‚Äôs efforts to reorient its strategies, partnerships and programs to achieve the administrator‚Äôs 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‚Äôs new Private Sector Engagement policy, which was launched in December 2018.