Biden appoints Fil-Am as acting USAID administrator

MANILA, Jan 27 (Mabuhay) — A Filipino-American has been appointed as acting administrator of charity organization United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

In an update on its website, the organization said US president Joe Biden on January 20 appointed Gloria Steele, who was a career member of the US Government’s Senior Executive Service for over 18 years, to the position.

Steele’s alma mater in the Philippines, the College of the Holy Spirit Manila, congratulated her on the appointment.

USAID is an organization working on international development and humanitarian efforts that also offers foreign assistance.

The organization said Steele worked as Acting Assistant Administrator and Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Asia from 2015 to 2020 before retirement from Federal service.

Steele also served as served as USAID’s Mission Director for the Philippines, the Pacific Islands, and Mongolia, from 2010 to 2015.

Aside from these, she also worked as an official of the Bureau for Global Health as well as of the Bureau for Europe and Eurasia.

“Ms. Steele served for one year in the Bureau for Policy and Program Coordination, where she led the development of USAID’s first food security policy,” USAID said.

“Earlier in her career, Ms. Steele served as a Management Consultant to the Philippines’ Secretary of Agriculture, and taught Business Economics at Letran Graduate School for Business in Manila,” it added.

Steele earned her master’s degree in Agricultural Economics from Kansas State University and bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Maryknoll College in the Philippines.

“Her awards include a Presidential Meritorious Executive Award in 2007, Presidential Distinguished Executive Awards in 2008 and 2018, and the Order of Sikatuna award from the President of the Philippines in 2015,” USAID said.(MNS)

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