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NRI Veena Reddy Sworn in as Director, to lead USAID-India

Los Angeles, July 26, 2021 Ramesh/ Gary Singh

USAID tweeted today: “Today, Veena Reddy was sworn-in as our new Mission Director. She will be the first Indian American to lead USAID-India, representing the best of both countries, and aims to bolster U.S.-India development partnership leveraging her unique experiences and leadership.”

Taranjit Singh Sandhu,  Ambassador of India to the United States  also tweeted:

“Best wishes, Veena USAID-India. India-USAID partnership has the potential to make a difference to the lives of people not only in India and U.S., but across the world!”

Veena Reddy, a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Agency for International Development:

  • In August 2017, she became USAID/Cambodia’s Mission Director. She was oversees a staff of 75 as well as USAID programs in the food security, environment, health, education, child protection, and democracy and governance sectors.
  • She has served as Deputy Mission Director in Haiti, where she oversaw post‐earthquake reconstruction efforts, elections support, economic growth, food security interventions, hurricane response, and the development of a new strategy.
  • Prior to this posting, she served in Washington as an Assistant General Counsel, covering legal matters for USAID’s programs in Asia, Middle East, and Afghanistan and Pakistan.
  • She has also served in USAID missions in Pakistan, the Central Asian Republics and Central America.

Prior to her government service:

  • Reddy was a corporate attorney at Rogers & Wells in New York and at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in London and Los Angeles.
  • Reddy holds a J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and an M.A. and B.A. from the University of Chicago.
  • She is a member of the New York and California bars.


  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID) is a US Government Agency that is responsible for administration of all foreign civilian aid. It was established in the year 1961, and is headquartered at Washington DC.
  • USAID works to help lift lives, build communities, and advance democracy. USAID’s work advances U.S. national security and economic prosperity; demonstrates American generosity; and promotes a path to recipient self-reliance and resilience
  • Most funding is allocated through Acquisition and Assistance (A&A) mechanisms. To solicit support for its programs, USAID typically uses a Request for Proposals (RFP) for contracts and a Notice of Funding Opportunities (NOFO) for cooperative agreements and grants. Contract opportunities are posted on