Joan Dudik-Gayoso

Ms. Dudik-Gayoso, is currently Senior Executive in Residence and Adjunct Professor at George Washington University’s Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, where she teaches graduate classes in development policy and administration and project management, microfinance,  as well as advising students on their Master’s capstone projects, careers, internships and the job search process. Ms. Dudik-Gayoso held career Senior Executive Service positions at the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).  She directed Africa Operations at Peace Corps headquarters, and was an organizer of the World Bank’s 1997 Global Knowledge Conference. As Director of the State Department’s Office of International Development Assistance, she managed U.S. relations with the development agencies of the United Nations System, (U. N. Development Program, UNICEF, the Food and Agriculture Organization, World Food Program, etc.), leading U.S. delegations, negotiating programs, policies and funding.  She represented the U.S. on the U.N. Commission on Science and Technology for Development. Her responsibilities at USAID, included coordination with other aid donors, the development aspects of World Bank and regional development bank programs as well as U.S. bilateral programs in Africa, and South Asia and food assistance worldwide. For close to 20 years she has taught multilateral diplomacy at the Department of State’s Foreign Service Institute. She also is a trainer for the American Association for the Advancement of Science on integrating science into the foreign policy process, and orienting  science and technology post-doctoral fellows to the  executive branch of the federal government..  She has organized a number of symposia on science and development issues, most recently on the food vs. biofuels issue for the United Nations Foundation at the World Food Prize and American Association for the Advancement of Science annual meetings.  She has also taught project management and microfinance in the MBA program at Thunderbird, School of Global Management, in Arizona, and development issues at Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service as a diplomat in residence. She has served on the Board of the Washington Chapter of the Society for International Development since 1999. Since early in her career in USAID, Ms. Dudik-Gayoso has been a mentor and career counselor for young people in the international affairs and development field, hosting internships, speaking on career programs, and reviewing resumes.  She holds a B.A. in international relations University of Maryland, College Park, and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.