Michael Ashkouri is the Deputy Director for Washington Operations, Office of Acquisition & Assistance, Bureau for Management. He manages seven divisions of 145 A&A professionals supporting pillar and regional bureau programs worldwide.
Mr. Ashkouri is a Commissioned Foreign Service Officer and served as the OAA Director in multiple missions including USAID/Jordan, USAID/Pakistan, USAID/Southern Africa Regional Platform, and as Deputy Director/OAA in USAID/Afghanistan.
He began his USAID career as a Civil Service Contracting Officer and Supervisory Contracting Officer in USAID/Washington supporting the PEPFAR and DDI (formerly E3 and EGAT) portfolios.
Prior to joining USAID in 2006, Mr. Ashkouri was Iraq Country Director for a U.S. NGO implementing democracy and governance, as well as women empowerment programs. He is a licensed Attorney in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where he practiced contract, immigration, criminal, and consumer rights law. Mr. Ashkouri began his career as a marine biologist at Boston’s New England Aquarium, specializing in northern Atlantic marine fauna and jelly fish aquaculture.
Mr. Ashkouri holds a Juris Doctorate degree from the New England School of Law and a Bachelor of Science in Geography and Biology from University of Massachusetts/Boston.