Susan Reichle is the Counselor to the United States Agency for International Development.
Ms. Reichle previously served as the first Assistant to the Administrator for USAID's Bureau of Policy, Planning and Learning (PPL) - responsible for leading the Agency in evidence-based policy development, strategic-planning and international engagement. Prior to her appointment as AA/PPL, she served as the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA) guiding the Agency’s response to the Haiti earthquake under Administrator Shah's leadership.
As a career member of the Senior Foreign Service, Ms. Reichle joined USAID in 1991. She served in Haiti, Nicaragua and Russia as a democracy officer specializing in conflict and transition issues and returned from the field in 2009 after serving as the Mission Director at the U.S. Embassy in Colombia. As Mission Director, she oversaw the management of an annual budget of $200 million and was part of one of the largest Country Teams of any Embassy in the world. Ms. Reichle received several awards from the Colombian government recognizing USAID's contribution under her leadership.
Prior to her assignment in Colombia, she was the Deputy Coordinator in the Department of State's Office of the Coordinator for Reconstruction and Stabilization - now the Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations (CSO). In June 2004, Ms. Reichle was selected as a distinguished graduate of the National War College at the National Defense University and was honored with the Colonel William R. Higgins Award for writing Lessons Learned from U.S. Democracy Promotion in Russia.