Susan Pascocello is a distinguished development diplomat in residence and a visiting professor with the O’Neill Institute. Pascocello, a member of the Senior Executive Service at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), is leading a public-private partnership with O’Neill that has established the Law of International Development Initiative.

Pascocello served as acting general counsel for USAID for four years during her time as senior deputy general counsel from 2012 to 2019, where she led a team of over 120 attorneys located in Washington, D.C., and more than 35 missions around the world. At USAID, she also served as the assistant general counsel for the Economic Growth, Education, and the Environment, Global Health, and Food Security Bureaus. Prior to joining USAID in 2000, Pascocello worked in the area of securities market development as senior counsel in the Office of International Affairs and the Division of Investment Management at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She was in private practice with Dechert, Price & Rhoads in Washington, D.C., and Curtis, Mallet-Prevost in New York.

Pascocello has been a member of Georgetown’s Law Alumni Board since 2016 and has served on various nonprofit boards.

Pascocello holds a J.D. from Georgetown University and a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia. She is admitted to the bars of New York, Connecticut, and Washington, D.C.

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