U S A I D A D M I N I S T R A T O R
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USAID's administrator oversees a foreign assistance
portfolio of more than $20 billion, with more than 60
country and regi...
Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory turned the
American political establishment upside down. Now the
president-el...
Trump's plans for foreign aid remain a blank
spot on the political transition map.
The president-elect could look to the
p...
Mark Green, a former U.S. ambassador
to Tanzania under President George W.
Bush, is the president of the International
Rep...
Danielle Pletka is vice president for foreign
and defense policy studies at the
neoconservative American Enterprise
Instit...
Admiral Tim Ziemer leads the President’s
Malaria Initiative, and was appointed by
President George W. Bush in 2006.
The fo...
Carol Adelman, senior fellow and director
of the Center for Global Prosperity at
Hudson Institute, is another conservative...
Catherine Bertini, a Syracuse University
professor, served as executive director
of the World Food Programme from
1992 to ...
Dan Runde would likely have played a
prominent global development role in
Mitt Romney's administration, had
Romney won the...
Trump’s foreign aid plans remain vague,
but some in the development community
fear his broader promises to slash
Washingto...
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8 possible picks for Trump's USAID administrator

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The president-elect hasn't said much about U.S. global development programs — and who will lead them — but a few names are bubbling to the surface.

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8 possible picks for Trump's USAID administrator

  1. 1. U S A I D A D M I N I S T R A T O R 8 POSSIBLE PICKS FOR TRUMP'S Credit:Cliff/CCBY
  2. 2. USAID's administrator oversees a foreign assistance portfolio of more than $20 billion, with more than 60 country and regional missions around the world. The USAID chief has historically played a big role designing and implementing aid reforms and initiatives. The administrator is nominated by the president and must be confirmed by Congress. Credit:U.S.EmbassyPakistan/CCBY-ND
  3. 3. Donald Trump’s surprise presidential victory turned the American political establishment upside down. Now the president-elect is working to appoint people who will lead government departments and agencies under his watch. The Trump team has offered few hints about who might lead U.S. development efforts. Here are eight potential contenders. Credit:GageSkidmore/CCBY-SA
  4. 4. Trump's plans for foreign aid remain a blank spot on the political transition map. The president-elect could look to the private sector, or he could reward a loyal congressperson or Capitol Hill staffer with USAID's top job. Trump has also shown a penchant for military leadership in his civilian cabinet choices — and he could use this appointment to draw foreign aid closer to U.S. national security priorities. For now, the best guess is still anybody's guess. T H E O U T S I D E R Credit:MichalKulesza
  5. 5. Mark Green, a former U.S. ambassador to Tanzania under President George W. Bush, is the president of the International Republican Institute, an organization that works to support democratic representation and elections abroad. Green could be a politically savvy choice. He served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Wisconsin, a state that proved critical to Trump’s victory. He previously led the Initiative for Global Development, a nonprofit that engages businesses in sustainable development in Africa. M A R K G R E E N Credit:CenterforStrategic&InternationalStudies/CCBY-NC-SA
  6. 6. Danielle Pletka is vice president for foreign and defense policy studies at the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C. Known as an interventionist and a staunch critic of President Obama's foreign policy, Pletka advocates for a bigger focus on democracy and governance programs. When USAID administrators have spoken publicly in recent years, Pletka has often represented the conservative voice in those forums. She served as a senior professional staffer on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee from 1992 to 2002. D A N I E L L E P L E T K A Credit:PaulMorigi/BrookingsInstitution/CCBY-NC-ND
  7. 7. Admiral Tim Ziemer leads the President’s Malaria Initiative, and was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006. The former executive director of World Relief, Ziemer served as a helicopter pilot in Vietnam, a Naval commander during the Gulf War and finally as commander of the Navy's mid-Atlantic region. Ziemer was born in Iowa but raised in Asia, as the son of Christian missionaries. T I M Z I E M E R Credit:KaukabJhumraSmith/USAID/CCBY-NC
  8. 8. Carol Adelman, senior fellow and director of the Center for Global Prosperity at Hudson Institute, is another conservative think tank expert — though she also has long experience with USAID, serving as a career foreign service officer from 1971 to 1981. Adelman has championed "philanthro- capitalism," prioritizing private money and a business mentality in supporting development goals. She and her husband Ken Adelman teach business leadership courses based on the literary works of Shakespeare. C A R O L A D E L M A N Credit:H-SCPhotos/CCBY-NC-ND
  9. 9. Catherine Bertini, a Syracuse University professor, served as executive director of the World Food Programme from 1992 to 2002. Her appointment was recommended by President George H.W. Bush and re-endorsed by President Clinton. Bertini won the World Food Prize in 2003. Also at the U.N., she served as Kofi Annan's under secretary-general for management from 2003 to 2005 and was a senior fellow at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. C A T H E R I N E B E R T I N I Credit:CarolineSmith/IFPRI/CCBY-NC-ND
  10. 10. Dan Runde would likely have played a prominent global development role in Mitt Romney's administration, had Romney won the election in 2012. During the 2016 campaign, Runde joined other Republican foreign policy experts in criticizing Trump, and his interest in serving the president-elect now is impossible to gauge. Runde directs the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Project on Prosperity and Development, which highlights the role of the private sector in global development. D A N R U N D E Credit:CasadeAmérica/CCBY-NC-ND
  11. 11. Trump’s foreign aid plans remain vague, but some in the development community fear his broader promises to slash Washington’s bureaucracy — which he sees as overweight and inefficient — could put USAID’s independence at risk. Some experts predict USAID could be folded into the State Department, as the Canadian and Australian aid agencies have been — raising questions about whether Trump will appoint anyone at all to lead the world's largest bilateral aid agency. T H E R E W O N ' T B E O N E . Credit:EllieVanHoutte/USAID/CCBY-NC

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