The WH announced the president’s intent to nominate John Barsa, currently with DHS to be the next USAID Assistant Administrator for Latin American and the Caribbean. The WH released the following brief bio:
John Barsa of Florida, to be an Assistant Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (Bureau for Latin America and the Caribbean).
Mr. Barsa currently serves as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and Engagement (DHS OPE). Previously, he served as the Acting Assistant Secretary for OPE. Mr. Barsa served with the United States Army Reserves for nearly a decade and was a member of the 11th Special Forces Group and the 450th Civil Affairs Battalion. In the U.S. Congress, he worked for Representative Lincoln Diaz-Balart, focusing on foreign policy and national security issues. During the Bush Administration, Mr. Barsa served in external engagement roles within the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Department of Homeland Security. He is a graduate of Florida International University and is a native Spanish speaker.
Congratulations to #Miami’s own John Barsa on his nomination as @USAID's Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean! I’m very proud to have a fellow @FIU alumn promoting our cherished values of freedom + democracy in the region!
— Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (@RosLehtinen) November 8, 2018
Breaking: @WhiteHouse nominates @FIUalumni John Barsa '91 to be @USAID Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean! A well deserved accord, @JohnBarsa! #IMPACTMatters #ProudPanthershttps://t.co/a9aB7KlraI pic.twitter.com/t5miwLJkvO
— FIUdc (@FIUdc) November 8, 2018
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