Richard Albright has a longstanding commitment to humanitarian affairs and development. He joined the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (PRM) as Deputy Assistant Secretary in July 2018 with responsibility for humanitarian policy, advocacy and assistance programs in Africa, Asia and the Near East regions, directing nearly $2 billion to international organizations and non-governmental organizations for humanitarian response. In overseeing PRM’s Office of Multilateral Coordination and External Relations, he guides U.S. institutional relationships with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the International Organization for Migration and the International Committee of the Red Cross, as well as Bureau cooperation with other international organizations and the NGO community.
Prior to this assignment, Mr. Albright served as Deputy Assistant Secretary and Coordinator for Foreign Assistance in the Department’s Bureau of Near Eastern Affairs, coordinating development, stabilization, security and law enforcement programming. He served previously as Foreign Policy Advisor to the Chief of Naval Operations at the Department of Defense. His prior experience in humanitarian and development affairs includes roles as Coordinator for Economic and Development Assistance at U.S. Embassy Islamabad, Senior Humanitarian Coordinator at U.S. Embassy Baghdad, and as PRM’s Director for the Office of Asia and the Near East. He also served as U.S. Minister Counselor for Economic Affairs in London, Deputy Chief of Mission at U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi and Economic and Political Counselor at U.S. Embassy Cairo.
He is a member of the Senior Foreign Service and is the recipient of Presidential Rank, Performance, Superior and Meritorious Honor awards. His languages are Arabic, French, German, and Polish. Mr. Albright holds a BA in political science from the University of Chicago and MA from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies.