Ambassador John Negroponte Joins IRD Board Advisory Council

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 3, 2011 CONTACT: MELISSA PRICE 571-366-1596 PRESS@IRD-DC.ORG ARLINGTON, VA – International Relief and Development (IRD), a major implementer of U.S. foreign assistance and a leader in the international stabilization and development community, announced today that U.S. Ambassador John Dimitri Negroponte has joined the organization’s Advisory Council. "We are honored by Ambassador Negroponte’s willingness to serve with the other distinguished members of our Advisory Council,” said Dr. Arthur Keys, President and Chief Executive Officer of IRD. “John brings years of invaluable experience and insights that will help IRD as we continue to expand our development and stabilization work around the globe.” Negroponte has been Ambassador to Honduras, Mexico, the Philippines, the United Nations, and Iraq. In Washington, he served twice on the National Security Council staff, first as Director for Vietnam in the Nixon Administration and then as Deputy National Security Advisor under President Reagan. He also held a cabinet level position as the first Director of National Intelligence under President George W. Bush. His most recent position in government was as Deputy Secretary of State, where he served as the State Department’s Chief Operating Officer. Ambassador Negroponte has received numerous awards in recognition of his more than four decades of public service, including the State Department’s highest award, the Distinguished Service Medal, on two separate occasions. He was also awarded the National Security Medal by President Bush for his outstanding contributions to U.S. national security. In the private sector, Ambassador Negroponte has served in the leadership of the McGraw-Hill Companies, the French-American Foundation, the Council of the Americas/Americas Society, and the Asia Society. He currently works as Vice Chairman of McLarty Associates, an international strategic advisory firm in Washington, D.C. He also serves his alma mater, Yale University, as a distinguished senior research fellow and a lecturer in international affairs. -- more --

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Negroponte joins other distinguished members of IRD’s Advisory Council, including Harold Cranston, Owner and President of Cranston Investments, LLC; James Kunder, President of Kunder/Reali Associates; and Linda LeSourd Lader, President of the Renaissance Institute. Visit www.ird.org for more information on IRD. You can also stay up-to-date on IRD’s latest news by following us on Facebook, Twitter (@ird_voices), Flickr, or YouTube.
IRD is a nonprofit, nongovernmental organization responsible for implementing relief, stabilization, and development programs worldwide. IRD’s mission is to reduce the suffering of the world’s most vulnerable groups and provide the tools and resources needed to increase their self-sufficiency. Specializing in meeting the needs of communities emerging from conflict or natural disaster, IRD partners with donors, local organizations, and many others to deliver sustainable services in agriculture, governance, health, and infrastructure. For more information, visit IRD.org. ###

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