Michael Eddy

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Michael Eddy
Mission Director

USAID/Brazil Mission Director/Country Representative Michael Eddy is a USAID Foreign Service Officer with 25 years of international development experience, including 17 with USAID, specializing in democratic governance, public administration, crisis response, and humanitarian assistance.

Mr. Eddy most recently served as USAID’s Mission Director to Sri Lanka and the Maldives. In response to unexpected, positive, and pro-democratic developments in Sri Lanka, USAID leadership requested Mr. Eddy to lead USAID’s re-engagement with the Government of Sri Lanka in early 2015, where he helped to identify and develop priority assistance activities in governance, economic growth, and reconciliation. He also helped coordinate the historic visit of Secretary of State John Kerry to Sri Lanka in May 2015 (the first such visit to the country in 40 years).

Previously, Mr. Eddy served as the Director of the Governance and Vulnerable Populations (GVP) Office at the Regional Mission in Bangkok, Thailand. GVP implements one of the largest and most complex portfolios at RDMA and provides critical support to meeting U.S. foreign policy goals in Asia. Prior to joining USAID/RDMA, Michael managed USAID’s largest Democracy and Governance Program in Africa, in Sudan, with a project life of funding budget of approximately $250 million, in the areas of: Capacity building for the Government of Southern Sudan (GOSS); management of historic electoral processes, including the Referendum on Self-Determination; civil society and free media development; conflict mitigation; and local government development.

Prior to joining the Sudan Mission, Mr. Eddy was the Director of the Democracy and Public Administration Office for USAID/Bolivia from 2000-2002 and 2008-2010, and the Acting Mission Director and Team Leader for Democracy and Governance from 2003-2008 for USAID/Macedonia. He also worked as the Good Governance Coordinator for USAID in Nicaragua. Before joining USAID, Mr. Eddy worked with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs (NDI) for one year, The World Bank (four years), and Management Systems International – working throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and Angola.

Mr. Eddy has a B.A. in Spanish, International Relations (Economics) and Political Science from the University of Wisconsin, and an M.A. in International Affairs (Regional Studies, Development) from American University. He has also completed a post-graduate program in Disaster Management and is fluent or proficient in Spanish, Portuguese, and Macedonian.