Washington, D.C.— Senator John McCain, Chairman of the International Republican Institute (IRI), issued the following statement on the confirmation of Ambassador Mark Green as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID):
“I’m proud that the Senate today confirmed Ambassador Mark Green as Administrator of USAID. Mark has dedicated his life and career to public service and advancing human rights and democracy around the world. I can think of no more qualified individual to lead USAID at this critical time than Ambassador Mark Green. I look forward to continuing our work together promoting freedom and democracy through international development and aid.”
About Ambassador Mark Green
Ambassador Mark Green joined IRI as president in January 2014. Prior to leading IRI, in 2013, he served as president and chief executive officer of the Initiative for Global Development, a nonprofit organization that engages corporate leaders to reduce poverty through business growth and investment in Africa.
From 2011 through early 2013, Green served as senior director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a network of 400 businesses, nongovernmental organizations, policy experts and other leaders supporting development tools in American foreign policy.
A recognized leader in the foreign policy and business communities, Green served as the U.S. ambassador to Tanzania from mid-2007 to early 2009. While there, he led a mission of more than 350 Americans and Tanzanians and was ultimately responsible for some of the world’s largest U.S.-led development programs.
Prior to serving as U.S. ambassador, Green served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Wisconsin’s 8thDistrict. While in Congress, he helped craft key policy initiatives including the Millennium Challenge Act and President George W. Bush’s history-making AIDS program. He also served as an assistant majority whip.
Green served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, having first been appointed to that post by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in 2010 and reappointed in 2014.
Green holds a law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary doctor of science from Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies. In 2014, President Jakaya Kikwete of Tanzania presented him with a special Presidential Certificate of Recognition and Appreciation.