William A. Jeffers today assumed the position of Deputy Coordinator for the Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization (S/CRS). Deputy Coordinator Jeffers is jointly appointed by both the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He will assist the Coordinator with building and maintaining the Civilian Response Corps to drive reconstruction and stabilization efforts in areas of conflict around the world.
Jeffers boasts 34 years of experience in diplomacy, the development and oversight of international technical assistance programs, as well as capacity and partnership building with international and U.S. organizations.
The new Deputy Coordinator spent 26 years with USAID where he served a variety of posts. Most recently Jeffers held the title of Senior Development Advisor to the Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He advised the Command on developmental approaches to address conflict prevention in fragile states. Further, Jeffers spent five years as a Mission Director in Croatia where he led his team in facilitating the country’s post-war reconstruction.
Jeffers’ commitment to reconstruction and stabilization efforts began when he started his career in 1976 with the Peace Corps as a volunteer in Botswana. He continues to maintain and build upon his long-standing connections to Africa, Asia, and Eastern Europe.
Deputy Coordinator Jeffers holds a Masters in Economics from Columbia University in New York as well as a B.A. from California State University, Stanislaus.
S/CRS is the operational component of the State Department’s formalized reconstruction and stabilization activities. The office is charged by Congress and the Secretary of State with building and maintaining the Civilian Response Corps – an expeditionary, innovative, and interagency civilian capability to plan, manage, and conduct U.S. stabilization operations on behalf of the Secretary of State and Chiefs of Mission overseas. The Corps is a cadre of federal employees and volunteers from the private sector, state, and local governments who are trained and equipped to deploy rapidly around the globe to crises involving failing, failed, and post-conflict states.
Today, powered by a partnership of seven different agencies, S/CRS and the Corps have become the embodiment of Secretary Clinton’s concept of smart power to enhance the United States’ institutional capacity to provide civilian responders to crises worldwide. For additional information on S/CRS, the Civilian Response Corps, and reconstruction and stabilization issues, please visit www.state.gov/s/crs.