Former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania and four-term Congressman to lead global network of corporate leaders working to reduce poverty through investment in Africa
SEATTLE, WA / WASHINGTON D.C. – The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) today named former Ambassador Mark Green as its new President & CEO, effective February 18, 2013. IGD, a nonprofit organization, engages a global network of corporate leaders to reduce poverty through investment in the developing world, with a current focus on Africa. Green will replace outgoing CEO Jennifer Potter, who is retiring from the organization.
“Under Jennifer Potter’s superb leadership, IGD has evolved into a thriving organization driving impactful investment to Africa,” said IGD Board Chairman Robert A. Mosbacher, Jr. “After an extensive search, the IGD board is enormously pleased that Mark Green will build on this momentum and help take IGD to the next level. His extraordinary service as a diplomat in Africa, combined with his experience encouraging business-driven development and passion for fighting poverty, make him a perfect fit for the role.”
Ambassador Green is a recognized leader in the foreign policy and business communities. From mid-2007 to early 2009, Green served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, where 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. In his role as ambassador, Green worked closely with corporate leaders in both the U.S. and Tanzania in order to strengthen the East African nation’s business climate.
“I’ve spent much of my career helping foster economic opportunity in the developing world because I believe so strongly in the transformative power of entrepreneurship and free enterprise,” said Green. “IGD is built upon this principle. I’m honored to have the chance to help lead IGD’s innovative staff in their groundbreaking work to lift lives and build communities in Africa.”
Most recently, Green served as Senior Director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a network of 400 businesses, NGOs, policy experts, and other leaders supporting a smart power approach to American foreign policy. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), having been appointed to that post by President Barack Obama in 2010.
“As an IGD board member and former chair, I am thrilled that Mark Green has agreed to lead IGD into the future,” said Sally Jewell, President & CEO, Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI). “Mark’s commitment to the developing world, particularly in Africa, has been proven many times over. In his career journey, he has developed an understanding of the importance of business engagement in creating sustainable communities and jobs that lift people out of poverty. I am confident he will build upon the great work of Jennifer Potter, the IGD staff, and the broad-minded business leaders who have joined us in these efforts to create lasting, positive change through business participation in global economic development.”
Prior to serving as U.S. Ambassador, Green served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives, where he helped craft key policy initiatives like the Millennium Challenge Act and President Bush’s history-making AIDS program. In addition, he serves on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Executive Council on Development and co-chairs the Consensus for Development Reform, a coalition of policy and business leaders devising new principles for making development policy more effective and growth-oriented.