Tiare Eastmond serves as the Regional Advisor for the Pacific at the Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance (OFDA), the lead federal office responsible for coordinating the U.S. government’s response to international disasters. Ms. Eastmond heads the OFDA sub-office for the Pacific based in Majuro, the capital of the Republic of the Marshall Islands (RMI).
With a mandate to save lives, alleviate suffering, and reduce the social and economic impacts of disasters, OFDA monitors, mitigates, and responds to global hazards and humanitarian needs as they arise. In the highly vulnerable island nations in the Pacific, OFDA also focuses on building host nation’s capacities to better prepare for and respond to disasters through disaster risk reduction programming.
Ms. Eastmond serves as the Disaster Assistance Coordinator for RMI and Federated States of Micronesia (FSM) and leads relief efforts under the hybrid USAID-FEMA response model that transitions responsibility to USAID from FEMA for the Compact Nations for disaster assistance.
Ms. Eastmond has been in the field of emergency response for more than 12 years, with the majority of time spent working on complex emergencies. At OFDA, she has served on Disaster Assistance Response Teams (DARTs), including teams deployed to the Jamaica, Syria, Sudan, and the Horn of Africa.
Prior to her current position, Ms. Eastmond worked as a program coordinator for the Syria DART from 2015–2018, overseeing multi-sectoral response programming. Ms. Eastmond also served on OFDA’s monitoring and evaluation team and as a program officer in Sudan. Ms. Eastmond has also worked for humanitarian non-governmental organizations, leading teams to respond to the Haiti earthquake in 2010, the internal displacement in Yemen in 2009, and Pakistan flooding in 2010. Ms. Eastmond has experience in all humanitarian sectors in the field and with OFDA but has particular interest in urban disasters, public health in emergencies, and cash-based response programs.
Ms. Eastmond holds a master’s degree in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University and a bachelor’s degree in international relations from Stanford University.