Anupama Rajaraman

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Anupama Rajaraman
Mission Director

As USAID’s Mission Director in Guatemala, Ms. Anu Rajaraman leads a team of 120 professionals and a diverse suite of projects to achieve a more secure, prosperous, and well-governed Guatemala while addressing the root causes of migration.

Before assuming her current duties, she served as a Deputy Coordinator for the USAID Transformation, where she led implementation of the Administrator’s vision of advancing U.S. foreign policy by partnering with countries on their journey to self-reliance. In that role, she and her team developed USAID’s first set of metrics that measure countries’ commitment and capacity to manage and finance their own development.

Prior to that, she directed a variety of international programs across Latin America and South Asia ranging from promoting innovation and entrepreneurship, to women’s empowerment and private sector engagement, to education and water and sanitation for USAID, the U.S. Global Development Lab, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Ms. Rajaraman joined USAID as an Urban Management Fellow in 2001 and later as a Presidential Management Fellow in 2003. Raised on Galveston Island, Texas, she earned her BA in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and holds an MPA from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. She is part of a USAID-State tandem.