This week, President Trump announced his intent to nominate Ambassador Mark Andrew Green to be Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), the agency working to end extreme global poverty and enable societies to realize their potential through programs such as the President’s Malaria Initiative (PMI). Green is a longtime champion of effective U.S. foreign assistance and his nomination sends a positive signal that the U.S. government will continue to lead the way in addressing global health challenges such as malaria.
Ambassador Green previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives forWisconsin’s 8th District, where he worked on key legislation to strengthen U.S. foreign assistance, including the creation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). Green also served as U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania from 2007 to 2009, where he worked diligently to address the threat of malaria and other major health and development challenges. We were honored to welcome Green as a speaker at our 2014 Champion Summit, where he spoke passionately about his experience witnessing the deadly impacts of malaria on young children in Africa, as well as educated our supporters on the crucial need to ensure Congress continued to fund this fight.
Ambassador Green’s nomination comes at a pivotal point in the fight against malaria. Over the past decade and across both Republican and Democratic administrations, PMI has worked in lock step with partners such as the United Nations and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria to help reach a dramatic decline in malaria cases and deaths around the world. The next USAID Administrator needs to understand the importance of continuing this fight in order to reach malaria elimination, as well as to advance American national security and economic goals. Ambassador Green is an outstanding choice for this role.