Steve Olive

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Steve Olive
Mission Director

Steve Olive is a Senior Foreign Service Officer and is the incoming Mission Director for the Regional Development Mission for Asia.

From 2018 to 2020, he served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Latin America and Caribbean Bureau.  In 2017-18, he was the Acting Director of the Foreign Service Center in the Office of Human Capital and Talent Management.  At USAID/Kenya and East Africa based in Nairobi, he served as the Deputy Mission Director for Somalia from 2014 to 2017 and concurrently served as the Acting Deputy Chief of Mission for the U.S. Mission to Somalia from 2016 to 2017. 

Prior to joining USAID/Kenya and East Africa, Dr. Olive served as a Deputy Mission Director for USAID/Haiti from 2011 to 2014 leading post-earthquake reconstruction and development efforts. He also was posted in Peru and Nicaragua from 2002-2011 managing environment, trade, agriculture, food security and emergency-response programs.

Before joining USAID in 2000, Dr. Olive worked in Hawaii, the Philippines, Guam, and American Samoa as an environment and natural resource management and policy specialist. He earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Hawaii where he was an East-West Center scholar, a Master’s in Public Administration from the University of Tennessee, and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration from Miami (Ohio) University. He is married to Cristina Olive, also a USAID Foreign Service Officer, and they have a son.