New US director at Jamaica Mission

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has appointed a career senior Foreign Service Officer as its Jamaica Mission Director.

USAID said that Denise A. Herbol will leaves her post as Senior Deputy Mission Director for USAID’s mission in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she helped manage a staff of more than 240 employees since September 2010.

In Jamaica, she will oversee programs that “impact economic growth, education, democracy and anti-corruption,” USAID said.

It said these programs include USAID’s component of the Caribbean Basin Security Initiative, “which helps Jamaica and other Caribbean countries empower at-risk youth, stimulate economic development, improve education and skills development, and fight corruption.”

Herbol said she is committed to sustainable development and the potential benefits for both Jamaica and the United States.

“We must use each available dollar in the most effective way possible to achieve shared goals and strengthen the ability of Jamaicans to achieve their own development,” she said after her swearing in ceremony here.

“The measure of our success will be how well we will have invested our human and financial resources to achieve our shared goals,” she added.

After joining USAID in 1987, Herbol worked in some of the agency’s “most challenging missions,” the statement said.

From 2008 to 2010, she was Mission Director for USAID/Lebanon. Prior to that, she was Deputy Mission Director for USAID/Iraq from August 2007 to September 2008.

Earlier in her career, USAID said Herbol took on “increasingly challenging roles” in the Democratic Republic of Congo, India, Ghana, Belize, Albania, Uganda and Ukraine.

USAID said this new post is not Herbol’s first in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to serving in Belize from 1992 to 1994, she was Supervisory Executive Officer to USAID’s Mission in Colombia from 2004 to 2007.

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