Ambassador Mark Green (ret.) was sworn in as the 18th Administrator in August 2017. Prior to joining USAID, he served as president of the International Republican Institute, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing democracy and human liberty around the world. He has also 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 and 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 8th District. 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 has served two terms on the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation, having been appointed to that post by President Barack Obama in 2010. He has also served on the Human Freedom Advisory Council for the Bush Institute and the Board of the Consensus for Development Reform, a coalition of policy and business leaders devising new principles for making development policy more effective and growth-oriented.
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.
[Payne Fellows meeting with former USAID Administrator Gayle Smith]