2010 LGBT Pride Month: Ajit Joshi
Ajit Joshi is a senior program officer in the Program, Policy, and Management Office in the Bureau for Democracy, Conflict, and Humanitarian Assistance at USAID. Previously, he served as special assistant to the Counselor Ambassador Mosina H. Jordan, Team Leader for (nongovernment organization) NGO capacity building in conflict affected areas managing a $22 million NGO strengthening portfolio, Acting Division Chief managing a staff overseeing a $41 million communication, peace building, and governance program in Africa, and conflict management specialist in Africa, during which time he earned USAID’s Superior Honor Award.
As Policy Director of Gays and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies (GLIFAA), Mr. Joshi delivered the acceptance speech when GLIFAA was recognized as the 2009 Employee Resource Group of the Year by Out & Equal Workplace Advocates; Secretary Clinton recommended GLIFAA for the award and also videotaped a congratulatory speech for the award ceremony.
Mr. Joshi has served as a collateral duty equal employment opportunity (EEO) counselor, published the article, "Achieving Full Diversity in the Foreign Service," in the Foreign Service Journal, and has received several USAID awards for launching initiatives to improve diversity and foster a culture of inclusion - a Superior Accomplishment Award for Special Acts and Suggestions, an Equal Employment Opportunity Award, and a Group Certificate of Appreciation.
Mr. Joshi received a Bachelor of Arts in international relations from Tufts University, a Fulbright Fellowship to study in India, and a Master of international affairs from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs.
Outside of work, Mr. Joshi serves on the Board of Governors of the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization, teaches yoga and meditation, and loves the outdoors.