Letter on Swift Confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green as the next Administrator of USAID
June 23, 2017
The Honorable Mitch McConnell The Honorable Charles E. Schumer
Senate Majority Leader Senate Minority Leader
317 Russell Senate Office Building 322 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510
The Honorable Bob Corker The Honorable Ben Cardin
Chairman Ranking Member
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Senate Foreign Relations Committee
425 Dirksen Senate Office Building 509 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510 Washington, DC 20510
Dear Majority Leader McConnell, Senate Minority Leader Schumer, Chairman Corker, and Ranking Member Cardin,
We, the undersigned organizations, urge you to confirm Ambassador Mark Green as the next Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development. A Senate-confirmed appointee at the helm of our lead development agency is essential to advancing U.S. development goals and ensuring that our foreign assistance is accountable and sustainable. Ambassador Green is a strong and experienced leader with a proven commitment to effective results-based development.
During his time in Congress, Ambassador Green played a crucial role in the creation of PEPFAR and MCC. These agencies display a strong commitment in mitigating critical global issues such as HIV/AIDS and poverty. In addition, the formation of these institutions has changed the discussion on how best to deliver effective U.S. foreign assistance by focusing on good policies, country ownership, and results. As a forceful advocate for international development, Ambassador Green has long supported American leadership in foreign assistance through his experience as Ambassador to Tanzania particularly focused on successful programs such as the President’s Malaria Initiative, and through his grassroots work as an English teacher in Kenya. Additionally, as President of the International Republican Institute, Ambassador Green understands the importance of democracy and good governance programs, and recognizes that a results-focused approach to development is essential to USAID’s mission and the United States’ national interest.
USAID, with bipartisan support from Congress, has made significant progress towards becoming a results-driven agency by improving the effectiveness and transparency of U.S. foreign assistance. The agency is conducting higher-quality monitoring and evaluation to inform decision-making, coordinating with other agencies, donors, and partner countries to reduce gaps and redundancies, and demonstrating a greater commitment to data transparency. USAID needs a Senate-confirmed Administrator who can work with Congress and other agencies to implement and institutionalize those gains and to ensure the continued elevation of development alongside defense and diplomacy as a vital form of global engagement to improve the lives and well-being of men and women around the world.
During Ambassador Green’s Senate Confirmation hearing, it was clear that he enjoys broad bipartisan support. Confirmation of the next USAID Administrator is critical and of high importance in ensuring the United States is best positioned to help tackle the many humanitarian needs and crises across the globe.
We urge you to quickly vote to confirm Ambassador Green in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and work promptly to schedule floor time for a vote to confirm Ambassador Green as soon as possible to sustain strong U.S. leadership on development programs and the accountability of our foreign assistance resources.
Action Against Hunger
Adventist Development and Relief Agency
African Wildlife Foundation
American Leprosy Missions
American Refugee Committee
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Association for Childhood Education International
Basic Education Coalition
Better World Campaign
Bread for the World
Catholic Medical Mission Board
Children’s AIDS Fund
Chemonics International Inc.
Christian Connections for International Health
Congressional Hunger Center
Council for Global Equality
Creative Associates International
Crown Agents USA
DAI Global, LLC
Development InfoStructure, Inc.
Dexis Consulting Group
Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
Farm Journal Foundation
Food for the Hungry
Friends of The Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
Global Campaign For Education, US
Global Forum on MSM & HIV
Global Health Council
Global Health Technologies Coalition
Global Network of Black People Working in HIV
Habitat for Humanity
Helen Keller International
Hope Through Healing Hands
IMA World Health
Institute for Reproductive Health, Georgetown University
Institute for Youth Development
International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
International Medical Corps
International Partnership for Microbicides
International Rescue Committee
International Youth Foundation
Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
John Snow, Inc.
KAUR Strategies LLC
Malaria No More
Millennium Water Alliance
Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network
Nathan Associates Inc.
National Democratic Institute
Nothing But Nets
One Acre Fund
Plan International USA
Save the Children
The Lugar Center
The Palladium Group
Training Resources Group, Inc.
United Nations Association of the United States of America
Uniting to Combat Neglected Tropical Diseases
University Research Co.,LLC
US Global Leadership Coalition
US Pharmacopeial Convention
USAID Alumni Association
Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance
White Ribbon Alliance