The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) has sworn in David Eckerson ’70 as its new mission director for Uganda. The program, which tops $300-million annually, provides assistance in the areas of conflict mitigation, democracy, governance, economic growth, agriculture, and environment; health, education and HIV/AIDS; and food aid and humanitarian assistance.
Prior to his current assignment, Eckerson has served USAID in many capacities, including as director of the Office of Human Resources and the Office of Strategic and Program Planning, deputy mission director in Ethiopia, and deputy director in the Office of Caribbean Affairs. Before his tenure with USAID, Eckerson worked as a public health and nutrition advisor with the TransCentury Corporation, USAID’s African Bureau, the Ministry of Planning in Yaoundé, Cameroon, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Burkina Faso.
Eckerson earned his master’s in culture and values in religion from Christian Theological Seminary; he is married with three children.