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President and CEO

Samuel A. Worthington April 2, 2009
Charles MacCormack, President Barack Obama
Save the Children
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Vice Chair
Washington, DC 20500
Ritu Sharma Fox,
Women Thrive Worldwide
Dear President Obama:
Amy Coen, In your inaugural address, you pledged that the United States will work
Population Action International alongside the world’s poor to make “farms flourish and let clean waters flow; to
nourish starved bodies and feed hungry minds.” We applaud your ambitious and
Board of Directors
extraordinary agenda, and look forward to partnering with you to achieve that
Kenneth Bacon, Refugees International goal. Your FY 2010 budget request for international affairs spending, and
David Beckmann, Bread for the World
Carol Bellamy, World Learning
Secretary Clinton’s recent remarks at The Hague about the need to reform the
Sekyu Chang, way the U.S. delivers foreign assistance, are certainly demonstrative of your
Korean American Sharing Movement
Julius Coles, Africare strong commitment to meeting the worthy objective that you laid out in your
Helene D. Gayle, CARE USA inaugural address. We are concerned, however, that a nominee for Administrator
Anne Lynam Goddard,
Christian Children’s Fund of the U.S. Agency for International Development has yet to be named.
Lee H. Hamilton,
Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Neal Keny-Guyer, Mercy Corps USAID, as the lead U.S. humanitarian and development agency, will be largely
Elizabeth Latham, US Committee for UNDP
Jo Luck, Heifer International responsible for carrying out your pledge on behalf of the U.S. Government.
John McCullough, Church World Service Therefore, it is critically important that a qualified USAID Administrator be
Mary Ellen McNish,
American Friends Service Committee nominated to guide the agency through the FY 2010 appropriations cycle and
Hugh Parmer, American Refugee Committee begin the process of rebuilding the agency’s human and technical capacity.
Daniel E. Pellegrom, Pathfinder International
Linda Pfeiffer, INMED Moreover, not having a USAID Administrator in place during the Afghanistan-
Robert Radtke,
Episcopal Relief and Development
Pakistan policy review or the planning for the aftermath of the Gaza crisis was a
Carol Peasley, missed opportunity for the administration’s foreign policy that illustrates the
Centre for Development & Population Activities
Carter Roberts, World Wildlife Fund
importance of filling this position very soon. USAID’s effectiveness and
George Rupp, independence, and its ability to contribute to key interagency debates that will
International Rescue Committee
Zainab Salbi, shape U.S. engagement with the world for years to come, require that strong
Women for Women International leadership at the agency be in place as soon as possible.
Ron Sconyers, Physicians for Peace
Kathy Spahn, Helen Keller International
Richard Stearns, World Vision The USAID Administrator should also be a member of the National Security
Tsehaye Teferra,
Ethiopian Community Development Council Council. We were concerned to read in your first Presidential Policy Directive,
Emily Untermeyer, Amigos de las Americas
(PPD-1, dated February 13, 2009), that the USAID Administrator will not be
included among the individuals comprising the NSC. U.S. relief and
1400 16th St., NW development programs address the root causes of violence and extremism
Suite 210 around the world, and are critical to achieving U.S. objectives in Iraq,
Washington, DC 20036 Afghanistan, and the Horn of Africa. Furthermore, American assistance
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E-MAIL: Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair calls the “primary near-term
security concern of the United States.” For these reasons and others, the USAID
Administrator should be a member of the NSC along with the other departments
and agencies that play a role, as PPD-1 describes, “in integrating all aspects of
national security policy as it affects the United States – domestic, foreign,

InterAction is a membership association of US private voluntary organizations engaged in international humanitarian efforts including
relief, development, refugee assistance, environmental protection, population programming, policy advocacy, and education.
military, intelligence, and economic.” As the NSC will be your “principal means for coordinating
executive departments and agencies in the development and implementation of national security policy,”
we believe that it is vital that USAID be represented in those discussions given the agency’s crucial role
in making the world safer and more stable.

We commend you for your commitment to significantly increasing the resources for international relief
and development, for your pledge to make the Millennium Development Goals America’s goals, and for
selecting a strong foreign affairs and national security leadership team. In order to fully leverage those
commitments and actions, however, it is important that you appoint a visionary USAID Administrator
who has the stature and experience to be a strong voice for development within the government and an
effective ally to Secretary Clinton and Defense Secretary Gates as they work to elevate and integrate
development in the Smart Power toolkit. We recognize that in Secretary Clinton we have a Secretary of
State with a long-standing and unwavering commitment to international relief and development
programs, and we applaud her embrace of these issues. At the same time, USAID needs its own full-
time leader to reinforce the Secretary’s efforts, represent the agency before Congress, OMB, and the
NSC, and represent the U.S. in international discussions on effective development policy and the
coordination of aid.

Again, we respectfully ask that you nominate a qualified individual for the post of USAID
Administrator as soon as possible, and that you make that person a member of the National Security
Council. American humanitarian and development programs are vital to U.S. national interests and this
appointment can no longer be delayed.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. We look forward to partnering with your administration as
you redefine the way America engages with the world’s poor.



2. Action Against Hunger – USA

3. ADRA International

4. AED
5. Africare

6. Aid to Artisans Aid to Artisans

7. Air Serv International

8. African Media Aid (AFRIMA/Ghana)

9. Alliance to End Hunger

10. American Friends Service Committee

11. American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

12. American Jewish World Service

13. American Refugee Committee


15. Bread for the World
16. Brother’s Brother Foundation

17. Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict

18. CARE

19. Catholic Medical Mission Board


21. Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)

22. Center for Women Policy Studies

23. CHF International

24. Christian Children’s Fund

25. Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

26. Church World Service
27. Congressional Hunger Center

28. ECHO

29. Episcopal Relief & Development

30. Ethiopian Community Development Council, Inc (ECDC)

31. Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

32. Floresta

33. Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas

34. Food for the Hungry

35. Global Health Council

36. Handicap International
37. Habitat for Humanity International

38. Heart to Heart International

39. Heifer International

40. Helen Keller International

41. Humane Society International

42. The Hunger Project

43. iMMAP

44. INMED Partnerships for Children

45. Institute for Sustainable Communities

46. InterAction
47. International Center for Research on Women

48. International Housing Coalition

49. International Medical Corps

50. International Rescue Committee

51. International Youth Foundation

52. Interplast

53. IRD

54. Islamic Relief USA

55. John Snow, Inc.

56. Lutheran World Relief
57. Management Sciences for Health

58. MAP International

59. Mercy Corps

60. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development, Inc.

61. ONE

62. Opportunity International

63. Oxfam America

64. Pact

65. Pathfinder

66. Perkins School for the Blind
67. Physicians for Peace

68. Plan USA

69. Population Action International

70. Population Communication

71. ProLiteracy Worldwide

72. Relief International


74. Salvation Army World Service Office

75. Seva Foundation

76. Solar Cookers International

77. Solar Household Energy
78. Trickle Up

79. United Methodist Committee on Relief – NGO

80. United Methodist General Board of Church and Society

81. The US Overseas Cooperative Development Council

82. Volunteer Association of Bangladesh

83. WaterAid America

84. Women Organizing for Change in Agriculture and Natural Resource


85. Women Thrive Worldwide

86. Women's Environment and Development Organization (WEDO)

87. World Concern

88. World Education, Inc.
89. World Learning

90. World Neighbors

91. World Wildlife Fund

92. World Vision

Hillary Rodham Clinton, Secretary of State
Jack Lew, Deputy Secretary of State
Alonzo Fulgham, Acting USAID Administrator
Gayle Smith, Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization and Development and Senior Advisor to the
President, National Security Council
Karen Richardson, White House Office of Public Liaison