Mission Director at US Agency for International Development, Jamaica
Ms. Herbol was sworn in as USAID Mission Director for Jamaica on November 4, 2011. A career Senior Foreign Service Officer, she guides her team of 29 staff to achieve results in a challenging political and security environment. Program resources are approximately USD $20 million and focus includes three main areas:
- Caribbean Basin Security Initiative activities for youth in at-risk communities, fostering positive interactions between police and communities to develop positive connections and increasing transparency in the public and private sector;
- Activities on HIV/AIDS under the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief;
- Significant programs working on issues surrounding Global Climate Change in the areas of adaptation, disaster risk management, climate smart agriculture and low-emission development energy strategies.
The mission also works to develop the capacity of local non-governmental organizations.
Herbol served as the senior deputy mission director for USAID/Pakistan from 2010 to 2011, helping to lead complex and challenging programs in Islamabad, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar. From 2008 to 2010, Herbol was the mission director for USAID/Lebanon, working with staff to promote democracy and governance, support enhanced learning environments for public school students, and help restore the livelihoods of communities that surround the Nahr al-Barid Palestinian refugee camp. Herbol also regularly served as acting deputy chief of mission.
Herbol was the deputy mission director with USAID in Iraq from 2007 to 2008 and was the lead coordinator for the U.S. Embassy in support of Internally Displaced Persons in Iraq. She was supervisory executive officer to USAID’s mission in Colombia from 2004 to 2007 and she participated as member of the 43-section interagency team in Colombia developing a consolidated U.S. Government multi-year country strategy and country operational plan addressing counter-narcotics and counter-terrorism.
Herbol has also served as supervisory executive officer in India, the regional mission of Ukraine, Belarus and Moldova, and Uganda. From 1994 to 1997, Herbol served at USAID’s mission to Albania. When the Government of Albania fell due to the collapse of illicit banking pyramid schemes, Herbol was part of the core interagency team that remained to support the Embassy evacuation in March 1997.
Herbol earned her Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pittsburgh. She has had extensive contract training and attended the Federal Executive Institute Executive Leadership Program in 2002. She has received numerous awards from USAID, most recently a Superior Act Award for her service with USAID/Pakistan. She was a Peace Corps Health Volunteer in Lubondai from 1980-1991.