USAID’s Greek-American chief

An American of Greek descent, Andrew Natsios became head of the giant organization USAID on May 1, 2001 (he served in high posts with the organization from 1989 to 1993) while, before being assigned overall supervision of Iraq’s reconstruction, he had been appointed by American President George Bush as coordinator of aid to Sudan. But Andrew Natsios made history during his service at Boston’s «Big Dig,» the largest public work in US history, which, when finished, will have literally transformed the road infrastructure of the New England metropolis. The work met with major difficulties, which Natsios tackled with an efficiency that startled the most optimistic. Earlier, he had served in a number of public posts in Massachusetts. A graduate of Georgetown University in Washington and of Harvard, where he studied public administration, Natsios is the author of two books and numerous articles. With roots in Thessaly, he speaks quite good Greek and has three children by his wife Elizabeth.