Speakers

Juanita Rilling
Juanita Rilling

Director, Center for International Disaster Information

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID)


Juanita Rilling is Director of the U.S. Agency for International Development's Center for International Disaster Information (USAID CIDI). Before joining CIDI, Juanita served 26 years in the U.S. Senate and 6 years as a Disaster Operations Specialist in USAID's Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (USAID/OFDA). Her Senate service includes 13 years on the professional staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee and 6 years as a Director of staff and programs under the Senate Sergeant at Arms. While in OFDA, Juanita served on a number of Response Management Teams (RMTs), earning awards for her service during the Gujarat Earthquake RMT, the Kosovo RMT, the Southern Africa Floods RMT and the El Nino Working Group. She rows competitively and has won over 70 medals in local, national and international regattas. Juanita graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.A. in English