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Lewis W. Lucke
USAID Iraq Mission Director
Lewis W. Lucke serves as the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) mission director in Iraq. USAID is the government agency that administers economic and humanitarian assistance worldwide.
Before the formation of USAID's Iraq mission, July 27, 2003, Lucke served as the coordinator for reconstruction within the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance.
A Senior Foreign Service Officer, Lucke has served for 24 years at the U.S. Agency for International Development in seven overseas posts. He served as USAID Mission Director in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, from 2000-2002, where he managed the largest U.S. development porgram in the Western Hemisphere. In 1996, he was USAID Mission Director in Amman, Jorda, a post he held until 2000. Jordan's $200 million per annum economic development program -- one of the largest USAID budgets in the world -- focused on improved economic opportunity, economic policy reform, improved water management and family health. Additionally, Lucke managed and led U.S. support for Jordan's accession to the World Trade Organization which was achieved in 2000.
As USAID Deputy Mission Director in La Paz, Bolivia in 1994, Lucke led and supervised Latin America's second largest U.S. economic development program, which was focused on judicial reform, democracy, child survival and health. From 1990 - 1992, he served as Assistant USAID Mission Director in Tunis, Tunisia; Special Assistant to the Assistant Administrator for Europe; and Chief of Project Development and Finance for South America. Early in his career with the U.S. Agency for International Development, Mr. Lucke served in Mali, Senegal, and Costa Rica where he had responsibility for economic project development and project management.
He is the author of "Waiting for Rain: Life and Development in Mali, West Africa," published in 1998.