J. Brian Atwood was unanimously elected Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee in January 2011.
From 1993 to 1999 during the administration of President William Clinton, Mr Atwood served as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Prior to this, he led the Transition Team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management. During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. In 1981‐82, he was Dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute. From 2002 until 2010, Mr Atwood was Dean of the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Other prior positions include President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens International (1999-2002) and founding President of the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs (1985-1993). In 2001, he served on United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations.
Mr Atwood joined the Foreign Service in 1966 and served in the American Embassies in Cote d'Ivoire and Spain. He served as legislative advisor for foreign and defense policy to Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (D'Mo) from 1972 to 1977.
Atwood received the United States Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and the President’s Award for Outstanding Service from the University of Minnesota in 2011.
Mr Atwood has served as Chairman of the Devex Board of Advisors since the organization was founded in 2000.
Later this month, Brian Atwood, chairman of the OECD Development Assistance Committee, will help world leaders map out the future of international cooperation at the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. In this exclusive guest opinion for Devex, Atwood gives a glimpse of what’s to come.
Governments and international organizations should place as much emphasis on the prevention as on the management of violent conflict, former USAID Administrator J. Brian Atwood said June 23 at the Eschborn Dialogue 2009 in Germany.