Mr. Shelly Pitterman is the UNHCR Regional Representative for the USA and the Caribbean. He joined UNHCR in 1984 and served in Yei, Sudan (1984-1988); Headquarters Geneva on the Somalia Desk (1988-1990); N’zerekore, Guinea (1990-1992); and as the UNHCR Representative in Burundi (1992-1995). During his four year tenure as the Chief of UNHCR’s Resettlement Section, the Annual Tripartite Consultations on Resettlement began and the UNHCR Handbook on Resettlement was first introduced. He then established UNHCR’s Regional Support Center in Nairobi, Kenya before returning to Geneva as Deputy Director of the Human Resource Management Division. In 2005, he was seconded to UNRWA (UN Relief and Works Agency) to be the Director of Operations serving Palestinian refugees in Jordan. He returned to UNHCR in 2008 to lead UNHCR’s Human Resources Management Division, a position he held until his appointment to Washington.
Mr. Pitterman is a native of New York City. He is a graduate of Brandeis University and earned his doctorate from Northwestern University.