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Jordan, Mosina H. (1943- )

Acting Deputy USAID Administrator James Kunder
Congratulates Agency Counselor Mosina H. Jordan
During her 2008 Retirement Ceremony
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In 1995, career Foreign Service Officer Mosina H. Jordan was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as ambassador to the Central African Republic (CAR).  After U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination, she arrived in Bangui, the capital of the Central African Republic, and presented her credentials on November 29, 1995.

Mosina Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1943, to Frank Monterio and Alice Hitt.  In 1964, she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in mathematics from New York University.  After she earned her Juris Doctorate from American University in 1973, Jordan became a civil servant, working for the Community Services Administration and the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee.

In 1982, Jordan started her career with the United States Agency for International Development as the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity Programs in Washington, D.C.

Her first overseas experience was in 1985 when she served as Deputy Mission Director in Cameroon.  From 1988 to 1991, Jordan served as USAID Representative to Belize. She was the Regional Director for the Caribbean from 1991 to 1995, managing programs in support of the Eastern Caribbean from Bridgetown, Barbados.  In this position, she directed a $234 million development program that promoted economic growth and diversification and increased effectiveness and efficiency of the judicial/ legal systems.

In 1995, Jordan was appointed Ambassador to the Central African Republic (CAR). Her mission was to promote free market economic development, democracy, and human rights in a nation transitioning to democracy after decades of dictatorship.

In April 1996, a four-day military mutiny over unpaid wages triggered a vicious cycle of attempted coups d’état and reconciliations in the CAR. These hostilities continued unabated for a year and resulted in guerrilla warfare where random and indiscriminate launching of mortars, rockets, and grenades made Bangui unsafe. On March 31, 1997, all American embassy staff, Peace Corps volunteers and all non-official American citizens were evacuated.  Embassy Bangui was designated an embassy-in-exile and temporarily located in Yaoundé, Cameroon under the daily guidance of Ambassador Jordan.  In 1996, she was promoted to the rank of Career Minister in the Senior Foreign Service.

Ambassador Jordan’s term officially ended in March 1998. She returned to the United States Agency for International Development to serve as USAID Mission Director to Jamaica and Regional Director for the Caribbean.  For five years, she promoted increased economic growth and diversification; improved environmental management; increased effectiveness and efficiency of the judicial systems; and improved regional disaster management. In 2001, she received a Distinguished Honor Award in recognition of re-establishing productive U.S. relations with the Caribbean countries.

In 2003, Jordan was appointed Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, responsible for programs promoting economic growth, environmental management, trade, health, democracy and disaster management in the Western Hemisphere.

Two years later in July 2005, Jordan was appointed the Counselor to the Agency, and concurrently the Acting Assistant Administrator for Management. She was the first African American to serve as Counselor, the highest position in the executive career corps in USAID. As Counselor, her primary role was to provide advice and guidance to the Agency Administrator, Deputy Administrator and the Agency’s senior management team.

In 2008, Mosina H. Jordan retired from the Foreign Service and planned to spend more time with her three children, Michael, Michele and Frank, and her grandchildren.

Sources:
AllGov, “Central African Republic,” http://www.allgov.com/nations?nationID=3461; Craig W Larson, “From ‘Assured’ to ‘Quick’ Response 22D Meu Evacuates Americans from the Central African Republic,” pgs. 86-93, https://www.mca-marines.org/leatherneck/1996/07/assured-quick-response-22d-meu-evacuates-americans-central-african-republic; USAID, “Where in the World…: Jordan Steps Down,” https://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/PNADM584.pdf.

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