As a federal employee based in DC, to say that this month brings change is an understatement. For myself, I started officially a new position within USAID as a Climate Smart Agriculture Specialist within the Bureau for Food Security, a Bureau I’ve been moonlighting in for over two years now. I join a tight, dynamic team of long-serving USAID staff, a Foreign Service Officer accustomed to leading entire offices focused on Economic Growth in Asia and Latin America, a Kenyan-American with deep ecological training and ability to work across the environmental sphere with ease, and myself. Our three-person team will be the front face of the Agency for climate-smart agriculture. All of these shifts against the background of a monumental shift in perspective and priority within the executive branch. It’s an interesting time, to put it mildly.
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