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Anne C. Richard
Anne C. Richard
Anne C. Richard was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration on April 2, 2012. | Photo: US State Deprtment | Anne C. Richard, Assistant Secretary Of State, Refugee, Migration, State Department,

A discussion with Anne C. Richard and Nancy Lindborg

Aaron Stipkovich visits the US Department of State in Washington DC to discuss the Syrian aid crisis with; Anne C. Richard, the Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration, and; Nancy Lindborg, the Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID.

Topics covered include the significant amount of non-partisan support the State Department and USAID are giving toward the Syrian humanitarian crisis, the challenges of delivering aid to a uniquely unstable region, and the prognosis of recovery for the displaced persons and refugees affected by the crisis. Assistant Secretary Richard and Assistant Administrator Lindborg recently returned from Syria and the outlining areas on a visit to evaluate the situation.

Just hours before this editorial release, USAID made this announcement: "Despite nearly two years of ongoing conflict in Syria, grain is being ground into flour, tested for moisture and protein content, and baked into sample loaves of bread. Flour that meets approval is bagged and loaded onto trucks bound for a distribution warehouse in Aleppo Governorate."

Postscript: As of March 3, 2013: There are now over 1 million refugees and the USG contributions have increased to $385,000,000 after the Syria Humanitarian Forum.

Anne C. Richard
Anne C. Richard was sworn in as Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration on April 2, 2012.

Prior to her appointment, Ms. Richard was the vice president of government relations and advocacy for the International Rescue Committee (IRC), an international aid agency that helps refugees, internally displaced and other victims of conflict. She was also a non-resident Fellow of the Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University/SAIS and a board member of the Henry L. Stimson Center.

From 1999 to 2001, Ms. Richard was Director of the Secretary's Office of Resources, Plans and Policy at the State Department. From 1997 to 1999, she was the deputy chief financial officer of the Peace Corps. Earlier, she served as a Senior Advisor in the Deputy Secretary's Office of Policy and Resources at the State Department and as a Budget Examiner at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

From 1993 to 1994, Ms. Richard was an International Affairs Fellow of the Council on Foreign Relations and was part of the team that created the International Crisis Group. From 1985 to 1986, she was a fellow of the Robert Bosch Foundation in Germany. She first joined the U.S. government in 1984 as a Presidential Management Intern.

Ms. Richard has authored several monographs and reports and numerous opinion pieces on topics including: international coordination of foreign assistance; combating terrorism; strategies to make foreign aid more cost effective; and specific humanitarian crises from Haiti to South Sudan to Afghanistan.

Ms. Richard has a B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Public Policy Studies from the University of Chicago. She has lived overseas in Austria, Germany and France. She is married with two children.

Nancy Lindborg
  • Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance
  • USAID
  • @nancylindborg

Nancy Lindborg is the USAID assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) and leads the efforts of more than 500 team members in nine offices focused on crisis prevention, response, recovery and transition.

Since being sworn into office in October 2010, Ms. Lindborg has led DCHA teams in response to the Arab Spring uprising and numerous other global crises. She led the USAID Horn Drought Response and continues to spearhead USAID efforts to advance resilience as a means of helping communities out of chronic disaster.

The nine offices of DCHA include the newly established Center of Excellence on Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, the Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance, the Office of Food for Peace, the Office of Transition Initiatives, and the Office of Conflict Management and Mitigation.

Lindborg has spent most of her career finding solutions to long-standing issues involving transition, democracy and civil society, conflict and humanitarian response. Prior to joining USAID, she was president of Mercy Corps, where she spent 14 years developing it into a globally respected organization known for its innovative programs in challenging environments.

Lindborg has held a number of leadership and board positions including co-president of the board of directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, founder and board member of the National Committee on North Korea, and chair of the Sphere Management Committee. She is currently a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Arts in English literature from Stanford University and a Master of Arts in public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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Kuwait Pledging Conference

January 30, 2013: Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration Anne C. Richard and USAID assistant administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, Nancy Lindorg, and International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria. | Kuwait, Usaid, Syria, State Department, Anne C. Richard, Nancy Lindorg,

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