Director, Office of Economic Development & Governance
U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


IEDM Area of Expertise
Politics & Economic Development Policy - Political Science

Syracuse University, Ph.D., 1993
University of Texas, M.A., 1989
Vassar College, B.A., 1986

Dr. Rendon is the Director of the Office of Economic Development and Governance of the U.S. Agency for International Development. She oversees and manages a governance and economic growth portfolio that includes: rule of law, trade/investment, anti-corruption, and community development. For more than two decades, Dr. Rendon has held different positions at USAID in different countries. She started in 1988 as Poverty Alleviation Specialist in Sri Lanka, then worked as Program Analyst for the Research and Development Bureau. From 1991 to 1995 she was Evaluation Specialist for the Eastern Europe Bureau. She then worked as Deputy Director for Democracy and Program Office in Indonesia. From 1999 to 2005 Dr. Rendon was the Director of the Democracy and Governance Office at Cairo, Egypt. She then returned to Washington DC to serve as Acting Director for the Democracy and Governance (DG) Global Office of the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance. At this position, she provided technical expertise, field support, and direct program management to over 80 countries and supervise 60 DG professionals in rule of law, governance, civil society, media, electoral reform, and anti-corruption initiatives to ensure the proper stewardship of funds in development assistance.

In addition to her experience at USAID, Dr. Rendon held the position of Senior Development Advisor for the U.S. Executive Director Office at The World Bank from 2007 to 2008. She has been associated with several academic and research institutions, including the University of California, Berkeley, Standford University, American University, Syracuse University, and American University in Cairo. She is also the recipient of the Alfred P. Sloan fellowships at Harvard (1987) and University of Washington (1985).