Technology and Diplomacy in the 21st Century

Bonnie Glick is an American diplomat and businesswoman who served as the Deputy Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development from 2019 to 2020. Nominated for the post by President Donald Trump in April 2018, she was confirmed by the United States Senate by unanimous consent in January 2019.

Glick began her career as an American diplomat and served for 12 years as a Foreign Service Officer at the United States Department of State. She later worked for IBM as a global account executive, where she co-authored three patents as part of IBM Research. Glick served as the Deputy Secretary of the Maryland Department of Aging from 2017 until 2019 under Governor Larry Hogan.

In her role as Deputy Administrator of USAID, Glick served as the Deputy for all U.S. policies and as the Chief Operating Officer of the agency. Among the issues she championed were digital transformation, the significance of 5G as a development priority in emerging markets, private sector engagement, democracy and governance, global vaccine distribution, and food security. She was the Executive Sponsor of USAID’s COVID-19 Task Force that addressed both the safety and security of the global workforce and the international response to the outbreak. She led the Administrator’s Action Alliance for Preventing Sexual Misconduct, the Executive Diversity Council, the Agency’s Enterprise Risk Management Council, the Partner Vetting Council, and the Management Operations Council. As USAID’s Chief Operating Officer, she represented the Agency on the President’s Management Council.

Glick speaks seven languages including English, Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, Amharic, French, and Russian. She graduated with a B.A. in Government/International Relations from Cornell University, an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She is married and has two sons.