Mark A. Walther

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Acting Director, Office of Acquisition & Assistance

Mark A. Walther serves as Deputy Director for Operations in Washington for the Management Bureau’s Office of Acquisition and Assistance (M/OAA). He leads more than 100 contracting and agreement professionals in their collaboration with USAID’s bureaus and operating, helping to implement Agency-wide programs and initiatives through acquisition and assistance (A&A).

Walther first joined the Agency in 1989 as a contract specialist, and supported a wide range of bureaus throughout his career including Global Health, Eastern Europe, Economic Growth, and Democracy Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance. He has been an Agency-wide leader to initiatives and process reforms such as public-private alliances, streamlined acquisitions, the Tsunami task force, and federal grants management.

Since becoming M/OAA’s Deputy of Operations in 2011, he has made significant contributions to worldwide A&A planning, senior leadership reviews of large implementation mechanisms, and the Agency’s Cost Efficiency Study.

Walther holds a B.A. in Political Science, a M.A. in International Relations and a J.D. all from The Catholic University of America.