R. Ricardo Majette
For over 30 years, Mr. Majette has worked tirelessly to improve the condition of the underserved in the United States and abroad. Mr. Majette has held numerous positions within the United States government and in leadership roles with various non-profit organizations around the world.
Mr. Majette established Africare’s fist field office in Ethiopia in 1984, during one of the world’s worst droughts which resulted in over one million people dying of starvation. As the first Country Director for Ethiopia, Mr. Majette established, in the drought and war ravaged North, three medical field units staffed with local Ethiopian and U.S. volunteer medical personnel. His efforts in Ethiopia contributed to Africare’s lead in the development community in supporting the first major irrigation development project in the country following the drought relief efforts. Africare’s efforts, under his leadership, were recognized through the presentation of a plaque from the Government of Ethiopia.
In the late 1980s, Mr. Majette served as CARE’s emergency logistic officer for the drought stricken Western Region of Somalia, and worked as a rural development officer for Africare in Zambia. In the 1990s, Mr. Majette served as project development officer at USAID’s Pretoria, South Africa Mission where he was the recipient of three Meritorious Awards, including a group award for his work and efforts in the struggle against Apartheid. Mr. Majette led the design and implementation of the Mission’s first microenterprise sector support project. He also led the design and development of projects addressing wide inequalities in healthcare and higher education facilities by Black South Africans.
More recently, he led the US Agency for International Development’s (USAID) field program office at the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) Nangarhar in Afghanistan and monitored a multimillion dollar development portfolio from 2011-2012. His efforts in transition were acknowledge through a meritorious award signed by the Ambassador. He also served as transition advisor and a contracting officer’s representative (COR) for the USAID/Afghanistan Office of Agriculture human and institutional capacity enhancement team. His leadership facilitated a multi-donor coordinated transfer of often independently implemented projects to the Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL).
Mr. Majette earned a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in 1975. He has completed graduate studies in Education at Catholic University of America, and Trinity College in Washington, D.C.in 1992.