Tony Pipa, Class of 1982, has been named the Southern Columbia Area School District's 2014 Distinguished Alumnus recipient. Mr. Pipa is the International Policy Advisor to the Administrator and Deputy Assistant to the Administrator in the Bureau at Policy, Planning, and Learning at the US Agency for International Development (USAID).  In this role he oversees the Agency's partnerships with other countries and multilateral organizations that provide foreign assistance and leads the U.S. government’s engagement in international policy forums.  He also provides senior leadership in the development of new USAID policies.
Tony's career has been focused on alleviating poverty, both domestically and internationally.  He was a founder and senior advisor to the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation, formed after Hurricane Katrina. He previously served as founding executive director of the Warner Foundation in North Carolina and has an extensive record of executive leadership within the nonprofit and philanthropic sector, serving as a founding executive director and founding board chair multiple times. He has authored publications on private development assistance, disaster recovery, and community development. He attended Stanford University, graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in English and Economics from Duke University, and earned a Masters in Public Administration from the Kennedy School at Harvard University.
Mr. Pipa will be recognized at Sunday's commencement exercises and he will also be one of the featured speakers. The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2014 will be held Sunday, June 8, 2014, beginning at 2:00 P.M. in Haas Auditorium on the campus of Bloomsburg University.

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