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Mr. William Brands has been the USAID Mission Director in Guatemala since October 2013. As Mission Director, Mr. Brands leads USAID's programs that support Guatemala’s efforts to reduce chronic malnutrition, improve the quality of basic education and health, increase economic growth, foster citizen security and good governance, manage natural resources to mitigate impact of global climate change and, when needed, provide disaster assistance.
Mr. Brands comes to Guatemala from South Sudan where he served as USAID Mission Director from 2012 to 2013. Previous to South Sudan he served as the USAID Mission Director in Honduras from 2008 to 2012, and as Deputy Mission Director in the Dominican Republic from 2005 to 2008. Mr. Brands was the Supervisory General Development Officer at the USAID/Washington Bureau for Latin American and the Caribbean from 2002 to 2005, where he was one of the chief participants in the negotiation of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement. In addition, he served overseas as the Supervisory General Development Officer at USAID/South Africa from 1999 to 2002, as the General Development Officer at USAID/Uganda from 1995 to 1999, and as the Project Development Officer at USAID/Malawi from 1990 to 1995. Prior to joining USAID, Mr. Brands served as Program Director for Africa/Middle East with ACDI/VOCA, an international cooperative development organization, from 1980 to 1990. Mr. Brands was also a Peace Corps Volunteer in Venezuela from 1974 to 1976.
Mr. Brands is a graduate of Knox College in Illinois, with a Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations, and holds a Master’s Degree in International Law from Tulane University in Louisiana. As part of his graduate work, Mr. Brands studied international law in Guatemala as a Matilda Geddings Gray Scholarship Recipient.
Last updated: September 24, 2014