Paul J. Bonicelli
Executive Vice President for Operations
Dr. Paul Bonicelli served in President George W. Bush's administration at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 2005 to 2008. He was nominated by the president and confirmed by the Senate to serve as assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean, overseeing all foreign assistance programs in the region. Earlier at USAID, Bonicelli served as deputy assistant administrator with oversight of USAID's global democracy and governance programs (80 countries as well as intergovernmental organizations) and chaired the State Department's Governing Justly and Democratically interagency committee for the director of Foreign Assistance. His job was to oversee coordination of the government's foreign assistance for democracy promotion, working in particular with the various bureaus of the State Department and the National Security Council.
Bonicelli's previous government service includes working as a professional staff member for the International Relations Committee (now the House Foreign Affairs Committee) of the U.S. House of Representatives. With a background of both policy experience and academic scholarship regarding Latin American politics and U.S. foreign policy for that region, he served on the staff of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He provided research and policy analysis, and represented members of Congress on travel abroad to consult with Latin American governments, military leaders and civil society leaders. Development, democratization and the drug war were the main issues he worked on during his tenure on Capitol Hill. Bonicelli also served intermittently as a consultant to the Department of Labor's Bureau for International Labor Affairs, and in 2001 and 2002, he was appointed by the White House to serve as an official delegate to the United Nations where his task was to advocate for the Bush administration's policies.
Before joining the Bush administration, Bonicelli served six years as dean of academic affairs and associate professor of Government at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, joining the college at its founding. As chief academic officer, he oversaw the development of the college's academic programs and recruited the faculty. He had responsibility for the faculty, the library and three administrative offices, as well as their budgets. In addition, he worked in donor outreach and represented the college in the local, national and international news media.
Previous academic service includes serving as assistant professor of Political Science at Grove City College, Pennsylvania. Prior to receiving his doctorate at the University of Tennessee, he worked in electoral politics at the national level and served as a researcher and analyst in Washington, D.C.