Jeremy Konyndyk Director, Office of US Foreign Disaster Assistance at USAID

Jeremy Konyndyk is the Director of USAID’s Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the lead federal actor responsible for coordinating the U.S. Government’s response to international disasters. He leads OFDA’s global team of over 300 people, and oversees annual resources of more than $700 million, focused on OFDA’s mandate to save lives, alleviate human suffering, and reduce the economic and social impact of disasters.

Prior to working at OFDA, Jeremy led global advocacy efforts for Mercy Corps. Earlier in his career he led humanitarian and post-conflict recovery operations in Kosovo, Guinea, South Sudan and Uganda, and also worked for the State Department. His commentary on aid and development issues has been featured on NPR, the BBC, the Diane Rehm Show and the PBS NewsHour. Jeremy holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Calvin College and a master’s degree in foreign service from Georgetown.