Mark Hannafin

Mark Hannafin, Executive Secretary and Senior National Security Adviser
Executive Secretary and Senior National Security Adviser

Mark Hannafin is Executive Secretary and Senior National Security Adviser, and is a core member of the Administrator’s senior management team and Administrator’s Leadership Council, serving on the Agency’s Executive Management and Crisis Management committees, as well as the Management Operations Council and similar governance bodies. He manages the day-to-day activities and staff of the Office of the Executive Secretariat, including executive correspondence, interagency communications, and administrative and logistical support to the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, Agency Counselor, and front office staff. Hannafin also served as the Acting Mission Director for Kyrgyzstan in the summer of 2013.

While in DCHA, he led the task team in planning for the Sudan referendum for self-determination. He is co-chair of the new USAID policy on youth in development and primary author of USAID’s action plan for engaging diaspora in conflict and development activities.

Prior to joining the USAID office in Washington, Hannafin was the Conflict Prevention program manager for the USAID mission in Central Asia. He has lived and worked for over ten years in the former Soviet Union engaged on conflict prevention, economic development, local governance, trafficking in persons and political processes with USAID, the International Finance Corporation/World Bank and the International City/County Management Association. He was in the first group of Peace Corps volunteers in the Kyrgyz Republic from 1993-1995. He is an adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Relations teaching a course on conflict programming and analysis. He holds a Masters in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School at Tufts University concentrating in International Finance and Business, and Islamic Civilizations. 

Last updated: April 15, 2015

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