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John Groarke, L’88

Mission Director, USAID Pakistan

Since 2015, John Groarke has led the US Government’s $5 billion civilian economic assistance program promoting security, stability and prosperity in Pakistan. The program features major projects in energy and infrastructure, as well as initiatives in economic growth, agriculture, health and education. Humanitarian and other assistance is provided to regions affected by violent extremists.

Groarke previously served as Mission Director to Haiti (2013-2015), where he oversaw USAID’s programs in infrastructure and energy, food and economic security, health and other basic services, and rule of law and governance.  Before, this post, Groarke was USAID’s Mission Director in Morocco (2009-2013) where he led a program that promoted the participation of youth in the country’s political reform process, supported reform of middle school education, and helped reduce barriers to trade and investment.  In 2010, Groarke served in Afghanistan, where he led USAID’s efforts to implement President Barack Obama’s new counter-insurgency strategy. He previously served as deputy mission director in Egypt (2006-2009), managing the economic assistance program and leading the mission’s transition to a regional service center.

Groarke served as deputy mission director in Iraq (2005-2006) supporting efforts to defeat an armed insurgency and establish democracy and stability in Iraq. Groarke was the senior regional legal adviser for Egypt and for Iraq (2002-2005) an office he helped open in 2003. He was also the senior regional legal adviser for West Africa (1999-2002) and for South Asia (1996-1999).  A member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Minister Counselor, Groarke received USAID’s Distinguished Honor Award in 2009, the Agency’s highest performance award, for his service in Egypt and Iraq.

Prior to joining USAID in 1995, Groarke practiced corporate law in New York and Washington, D.C., and taught international law in London. In addition to his JD from Penn Law, he holds  a M.Sc in International Relations from the London School of Economics.