Staal, Mr. Tom. - USAID

Assistant Professor

National War College

Mr. Thomas Staal 

is serving as the Acting Assistant Administrator for USAID’s Bureau for Democracy, Conflict and Humanitarian Assistance (DCHA), overseeing all humanitarian assistance activities for USAID, as well as democracy, human rights and governance programs, conflict mitigation and civilian-military coordination.  Starting in 2013, he was the Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator in the DCHA Bureau and then stepped in as Acting Assistant Administrator in early 2015.  Prior to his DCHA leadership position, Staal was the USAID Mission Director in Iraq in 2012-13, managing a diverse assistance program throughout the country – including in the Kurdistan region.  He was the USAID Mission Director in Ethiopia from 2009 to 2012, managing one of the largest USAID development programs in Africa, including agriculture, health, education, democracy and governance activities, as well as a very large humanitarian assistance program. Staal began his USAID career in 1988 as the humanitarian assistance coordinator in Sudan, and has also served in the USAID East and Southern Africa regional office, in the West Bank and Gaza mission and in Lebanon.  He has worked on several major humanitarian crises, including in Sudan, Ethiopia, Somalia and Iraq.  He also played a key role in starting up USAID development programs in the West Bank and Gaza and in Iraq.  Prior to joining USAID, Staal was the World Vision Representative in Sudan in the aftermath of the East Africa famine of the mid-1980s, and he worked for several years for the Arabian American Oil Company (ARAMCO), as a liaison with the Saudi government. Staal obtained his bachelor’s degree from Hope College in Michigan and a Master’s Degree in Comparative Politics (Middle East focus) from Columbia University.  He is also a 2006 graduate of the National War College.