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North American Representative Office (NARO)

Enhancing ADB’s presence in Canada and the United States from Washington, DC

In the Spotlight

Institutional Document | 26 Jul 2018

Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific

Strategy 2030 sets the course for ADB’s efforts to respond effectively to the Asia and Pacific region’s changing needs. 

News Release

ADB Joins 11 Leading Multilateral Development Banks and IMF in Launching First Joint Report on Financing SDGs

The report is released at the end of a critical year, in which the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic threatens to reverse progress on the SDGs. In response, MDBs have collectively mobilized a global response package of $230 billion between 2020 and 2021 to reduce the impact of the pandemic.


COVID-19 (Coronavirus): ADB's Response

ADB is supporting its developing members in responding to the COVID-19 outbreak through finance, knowledge, and partnerships.

News Release

$9 Billion ADB Facility to Help Members Access and Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines

ADB has launched a $9 billion vaccine initiative—the Asia Pacific Vaccine Access Facility (APVAX)—offering rapid and equitable support to its developing members as they procure and deliver effective and safe coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccines.

NARO's Role

NARO acts as a liaison between ADB’s Headquarters in Manila and policymakers and major stakeholders in the United States and Canada. Based in Washington, DC, NARO works to:

  • Raise public awareness in the United States and Canada about ADB and the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Mobilize resources and support from the public and private sectors in North America for ADB operations.
  • Share development knowledge and experience and strengthen collaboration with other multilateral institutions based in North America.


Lesley Bearman LAHM
Lesley Bearman LAHM (Ms) | Read profile
Fei YU
Fei YU (Dr) | Read profile
Deputy Representative
Laura SCHWARTZ (Ms) | Read profile
External Relations Officer
Jerome HERRADURA (Mr) | Read profile
Administration and Communications Coordinator
William Nanshan LUCHT
William Nanshan LUCHT (Mr) | Read profile
Associate Administration and Communications Coordinator
Christopher Connor DUNWOODY
Christopher Connor DUNWOODY (Mr) | Read profile

Fact Sheets

ADB and Canada

Canada has contributed $7.72 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2018. It has contributed and committed $2.11 billion to Special Funds since joining in 1966.

ADB and the United States

The United States has contributed $23.04 billion in capital subscription as of 31 December 2018. It has contributed and committed $4.85 billion to Special Funds since joining in 1966.


North American Representative Office (NARO)

900 19th Street NW, Suite 700
Washington DC 20006

 Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday to Friday

  Tel +1 202 7281500
  Fax +1 202 3319550

Holidays 2021

The North American Representative Office is closed on these dates:

New Year's Day January 1 (Friday)
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. January 18 (Monday)
Washington's Birthday February 15 (Monday)
Memorial Day May 31 (Monday)
Independence Day July 5 (Monday), in lieu of July 4 (Sunday)
Labor Day September 6 (Monday)
Columbus Day October 11 (Monday)
Veterans Day November 11 (Thursday)
Thanksgiving Day November 25 (Thursday)
Christmas Day December 24 (Friday), in lieu of December 25 (Saturday)

Last updated: 9 March 2021