New Mission Director for the Dominican Republic Sworn-In

Jun 21, 2006, 01:00 ET from U.S. Agency for International Development

    WASHINGTON, June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the U.S. Agency for
 International Development (USAID) announced the swearing in of Richard
 Goughnour as its new Mission Director for the Dominican Republican.
 Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean Adolfo Franco
 presided at the event and administered the oath to Goughnour.
     As Mission Director for the Dominican Republic, Mr. Goughnour will
 manage the USAID program of $21.8 million for fiscal year 2006. The mission
 provides assistance to the Dominican Republic to strengthen their
 democracy, promote economic opportunities and competitiveness, and improve
 the lives of the poor by providing access to quality education and health
     Mr. Goughnour has over 28 years of experience with the Agency. He began
 his USAID career in 1978 as a Financial Management Officer in
 Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, and later served as the Controller for
 USAID/Ecuador (1987-1992) and as the Regional Controller for USAID/Bolivia
 (1992-1997). He subsequently served as USAID Deputy Mission Director in
 both Ukraine (1997-2000) and El Salvador (2000-2002). Prior to his
 assignment to the Dominican Republic, Mr. Goughnour served as the USAID
 Mission Director to Brazil (2002-2006), where he was responsible for the
 full range of administrative and program management activities related to
 the USAID/Brazil development program. There, he oversaw an assistance
 program that contributes to the protection of Brazil's unique biodiversity,
 the promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency, HIV/AIDS
 prevention and tuberculosis control and treatment, employability skills for
 disadvantaged youth, and the promotion of free trade.
     Mr. Goughnour holds the rank of Minister Counselor in the Foreign
 Service of the United States and is the recipient of several awards. He
 graduated from the American University/USAID Development Studies Program
 with highest honors.
     Born in Duluth, Minnesota in 1951, Mr. Goughnour graduated from the
 University of Minnesota where he majored in accounting and business
 administration. From 1974 to 1976, he served as a U.S. Peace Corps
 Volunteer and Volunteer Leader in northeast Brazil, working with the
 Ministry of Agriculture as a financial management consultant assisting a
 network of cotton cooperatives. He is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish, and
 has a working knowledge of Russian.
     Mr. Goughnour is married to the former Julia Maria Viana. They have
 three sons, Christopher, Jason, and Kenneth.
     For more information on USAID's programs in Latin American and the
 Caribbean, please visit out website:
     Public Information: 202-712-4810

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