Daniel Dieckhaus assumed the reins in January 2015 of disaster response over a huge swath of the Pacific today when he reported for work at Embassy Majuro. He’s no stranger to the region however, coming from his last posting as USAID’s Assistant Advisor to the Pacific Command in Hawaii. The job is more challenging now than ever before, however, as the portfolio that formerly included only the FAS States now also includes Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, Kiribas and Nauru. His position, formally titled, “Regional Advisor for the Office for Foreign Disaster Assistance,” in two-pronged: leading and coordinating government response to disasters; and disaster risk reduction. Daniel calls Philadelphia home. He brings his experience as a consultant for various NGO’s prior to joining USAID, and a stint as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corp, to the table as well.