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Caryle Cammisa


Qualification Highlights

Professional Experience


  • §  Career Foreign Service Officer experienced addressing sustainable development challenges in Africa, South and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Eastern Europe and Eurasia

  • §  Broad-ranging technical expertise in stability, conflict, democracy, governance, education, health, environment, economic growth, energy, agriculture, gender, youth and humanitarian assistance

  • §  Practiced representative and negotiator, coordinating with U.S. government agencies, international donors and host government officials

    Strategic Planning and Interagency Cooperation

  • §  Represented USAID in interagency policy discussions on development cooperation with China, support to ASEAN, illegal/unreported/unregulated fishing, human migration and trafficking, and dioxin clean up.

  • §  Expanded private sector partnerships to support three youth leadership hubs in Africa as part of President Obama’s Young African Leaders’ Mandela Fellowship program.

  • §  Designed and co-led the first USAID-Special Operations Command collaborative interagency planning exercise focused on Africa’s Sahel and Maghreb regions.

  • §  Led strategic planning for East Africa, involving other U.S. government agencies, international donors, nongovernmental organization and host government representatives, and produced development cooperation strategies for four USAID missions - East Africa Regional, Somalia, Burundi, and Djibouti.

    Technical Leadership and Analysis

  • §  Led a diverse team of senior technical experts in energy and infrastructure, democracy and governance, and private sector development to address the development challenges in Europe and Eurasia.

  • §  Managed humanitarian, resilience and conflict reduction programming for Syrian refugees in Jordan.

  • §  Designed and managed a stabilization program monitoring platform for Yemen which was subsequently replicated in Somalia and Iraq.

  • §  Commissioned and guided a youth radicalization assessment to inform youth programming in Yemen.

  • §  Helped inform a multi-donor effort to analyze conflict minerals and wildlife trafficking in East Africa. Expanded AFRICOM awareness of the links between illegal trafficking and extremist networks.

  • §  Established the first independently produced Sesame Street educational television program in Asia, known as Sisimpur – Bangladesh.

  • §  Cooperated with the United Nations Development Programme to devise and fund conflict reduction and sustainable livelihood programming for vulnerable tribal communities in the Chittagong Hill Tracts of Bangladesh.

  • §  Expanded and improved coordination of U.S. and Romanian stakeholders dedicated to social services and volunteerism, particularly those engaged in child welfare.

Training and Awards

  • §  Joint Civilian Service Achievement Medal, U.S. Special Operations Command, 2013

  • §  Superior Honor Award 2011

  • §  Meritorious Honor Awards 2009,


  • §  Meritorious Honor Group

    Awards: 2014, 2010, 2009, 2008

  • §  Performance Awards: 2002-15

§ USAID Leadership Development Program

§ State Department regional area studies courses: South Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Middle East

§ Foreign Languages: French, Italian, Arabic, Kiswahili

Employment History

Director of the Office of Technical Support Director of East Asian Affairs

Young African Leaders Program Coordinator Strategic Advisor Acting Deputy Mission Director for Syria- Related Programs Senior Development Advisor

Program Office Director

Europe & Eurasia Bureau, USAID/Washington

Asia Bureau, USAID/Washington Africa Bureau, USAID/Washington USAID/Mexico


U.S. Special Operations Command USAID/Yemen

06/2016 – 08/2017 08/2014 – 06/2016

04/2014 – 08/2014 02/2014 – 03/2014

08/2013 – 01/2014 08/2011 – 08/2013 09/2009-05/2011

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§ Managed Comprehensive Market Reform program for Georgia valued at $250 million, encompassing projects in privatization, land reform, accounting reform, banking supervision, capital markets development, private sector development, energy sector reform and agricultural development.

Human Capacity Development

  • §  Oversaw regional training workshop for democracy and economic growth officers from 11 USAID missions to provide cross-training in combatting corruption.

  • §  Frequent presenter on variety of development topics to U.S. Special Operations Forces and other military personnel.

  • §  Served on Coordination Committee to develop the agenda and follow up actions for USAID Worldwide Program Officers' conference for 240 participants.

  • §  Recruited and supervised senior gender expert to conduct a Gender Audit and provide extensive staff training to enhance USAID programs in Bangladesh.

  • §  Recruited and guided U.S. child welfare expert to reform Romania’s child welfare system and eliminate abusive orphanages.

  • §  Improved communication and coordination in six USAID missions through recruiting, training and mentoring key communications staff.

  • §  Career-long dedication to creating opportunities for, supervising and mentoring junior foreign service officers, local national staff, student interns, rotational staff, and Presidential Management Fellows.

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U.S. experience: non-profit organizations, social welfare, juvenile justice, TESOL and intercultural exchange programs.


Division Chief, Strategic Planning & Analysis

Program Office Director Program Office Director

New Entry Foreign Service Officer
Deputy Program Officer General Development Officer

MA, Public Policy BA, Social Welfare

Europe & Eurasia Bureau, USAID/Washington

USAID/East Africa USAID/Bangladesh USAID/Washington

USAID/Romania USAID/Georgia

State University of New York, Albany, NY

Temple University, Philadelphia, PA

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08/2005-06/2007 08/2001 – 06/2005 01/2000 – 06/2001

09/1998-01/2000 07/1996-08/1998

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