Ambassador Lynch was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 2, and was sworn in on January 11.
Ambassador Lynch served until recently as the Acting Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC). She has also served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for LAC; USAID Mission Director in Iraq; and the Director of the Office of Iraq and Arabian Peninsula Affairs in USAID’s Middle East Bureau.
A career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ambassador Lynch has been with USAID since 1993, and served overseas in Bangladesh, Peru, Afghanistan and Iraq. In Washington, she has served in the regional bureaus of the Middle East, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, as well as the Bureau of Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance, and the Office of Afghanistan and Pakistan Affairs (OAPA). She has received numerous awards, including USAID’s Distinguished Honor Award, the Agency’s highest performance award, for her service in Afghanistan and OAPA.
Before joining USAID, Ambassador Lynch worked in international relations and for a non-governmental organization. She also served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Morocco where she taught English at the secondary level.
A graduate of Mount Holyoke College, the Ambassador holds master’s degrees from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the National War College.