Dawn M. Liberi, a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, class of Career Minister, was nominated as U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Burundi by President Barack Obama on July 10, 2012 and confirmed on September 22, 2012.
Ms. Liberi started her career in Africa. She served in five posts with USAID over a span of 20 years, focusing on key development issues. She was the USAID Mission Director in Nigeria(2002-2005), where she managed a $100-million program of assistance and brokered a $20-million public-private sector alliance to fund community development activities. As USAID Mission Director in Uganda (1998-2002), Ms. Liberi managed one of the largest HIV/AIDS and micro-enterprise programs in sub-Saharan Africa, helping to significantly reduce HIV/AIDS prevalence and assisting Uganda to develop high value exports. Other USAID assignments included: Associate Assistant Administrator in the Global Bureau, Population, Health and Nutrition Office (1994-1998); USAID Deputy Mission Director in Ghana (1992-1994); and Population, Health, and Nutrition Technical Officer for USAID’s missions in Senegal and Niger (1981-1987).
Starting in 2005, Ms Liberi focused on stabilization and civilian-military integration. From 2005 to 2006, Ms. Liberi was the USAID Mission Director in Iraq, in charge of a $5.2 billion program of governance and economic development activities. From 2007 to 2009, she was an Executive Civil-Military Counselor with USAID, serving as the Senior Development Advisor to the Commander of the U.S. Central Command.
From 2009 to 2011, Ms. Liberi was the Coordinator for the Interagency Provincial Affairs Office at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan, where she was responsible for managing over 400 civilian positions outside Kabul and implementing governance and economic activities. She also served as Senior Civilian Representative for the Combined Joint Task-Force 82 with the International Security Assistance Force Regional Command-East at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan, where she was the civilian equivalent of the Commanding General, responsible for coordination of over 20,000 military and civilian staff. In 2012 Ms. Liberi served as the Senior Assistance Coordinator at U.S. Embassy Tripoli.
Ms. Liberi has a bachelor’s degree from Hampshire College and master’s degree in public health from the University of California at Berkeley. She is a graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces at the National Defense University, where she focused on national security issues.
Ms. Liberi is the recipient of two Distinguished Honor Awards and several Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards. She was awarded the U.S. Army Superior Civilian Service Award, as well as the Medaille D’Or (Gold Medal) by the French Government, and the Army Iron Cross by the Polish Government, for her work in Afghanistan. Ms. Liberi speaks French, is an avid African art collector and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.