Jeff Grieco

Jeff Grieco
Deputy Chair
Foreign Policy Consultant and Former USAID Assistant Administrator

Jeff Grieco is an independent consultant with many years of experience in a senior leadership role within the State Department/USAID and several international development organizations. He currently Co-Chairs the SID-W Communications Committee and has helped lead the drafting and finalization of the SID-W Strategic Communications Plan (2014-2017). Most recently he was Chief of Communications, Advocacy, Legislative Affairs and Advancement at International Relief & Development (IRD), where he was responsible for all global communications and government affairs activities. He also served on the Board of Directors of the International Stability Operations Association (ISOA) and currently serves on the Board of Directors and as Vice President of the Afghan-American Chamber of Commerce (AACC) where he has served since 2011 as a volunteer.

Prior to 2009, he served at the State Department/U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) as Assistant Administrator for Legislative and Public Affairs (LPA). In this role he was the Agency’s senior advisor on all legislative and global public affairs activities. As head of LPA, he was responsible for all Congressional contacts and communications including annual Agency appropriations and authorizations, managed all agency communications to both foreign and domestic audiences, and supervised USAID media and public affairs programming worldwide. He also served as the agency's lead congressional and public affairs representative at global meetings and conferences dealing with USAID's reconstruction operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Sudan, Liberia, and other nations. His portfolio dealt with USAID's humanitarian, conflict and development programming in more than 100 countries.

Mr. Grieco also served as USAID's senior representative on various interagency committees and working groups dealing with legislative affairs, communications, public diplomacy, and public affairs, including inter-agency working groups such as the Joint Policy Council of the Department of State, the Administration's Iraq Stabilization Group (ISG), and the Agency's Muslim Outreach Coordinating Committee. He was the U.S. Representative to the Development Assistance Committee Communicators Network of the OECD and participated in major multilateral efforts to improve aid effectiveness and development communications.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University's Edmund Walsh School of Foreign Service Studies where he obtained a Master of Science in Foreign Service. He has also received a fellowship for graduate studies in comparative international management at Oxford University's Templeton College. He received his B.A. from George Washington University's Elliott School in International Affairs and he is proficient in both Korean and French.