InterAction Applauds Nomination of Amb. Mark Green to Lead USAID

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WASHINGTON – InterAction, the largest U.S. alliance of international NGOs, welcomed President Donald J. Trump's nomination of Amb. Mark Green to lead the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). Green is currently president of the International Republican Institute.

"Mark Green is a solid choice," InterAction CEO Sam Worthington said in response to the announcement.  "I've worked with Mark for over a decade and I applaud President Trump's decision to nominate an experienced and recognized development community leader to serve as our nation's next USAID administrator," Worthington added.

Americans annually give billions to international charities engaged in vital development and humanitarian assistance efforts around the globe. USAID is a vital partner for civil society organizations working to help improve the lives of people living in poor and vulnerable communities around the globe.

"Our country is best served when professional development and humanitarian experts are incorporated into foreign policy decision making," stressed Alicia Phillips Mandaville, InterAction's vice president for global development policy and learning. "InterAction hopes that this nomination signals the Administration’s recognition that robust, independent, and forward leaning U.S. foreign assistance is a key element of a strong and effective U.S. foreign policy."

Over 41 million students have directly benefited from USAID basic education programs. Since 2008, USAID has saved the lives of 4.6 million children and 200,000 mothers by scaling up proven health interventions. And in 2014, USAID played a vital role in U.S. efforts to combat the Ebola crisis, helping to contain the disease that killed 11,300 and infected over 28,600 people in Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.

"With roughly 20 million people in four different countries currently facing the specter of starvation, this will be a critical time for U.S. global leadership," Worthington noted. "Mark brings deep experience in building bridges between leaders in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. The InterAction community looks forward to working with Mark and the USAID leadership team as active partners in the effort to help improve the lives of people in the world's poorest places."

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