J. Brian Atwood, the Bill Clinton-era administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, has been elected as chair of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Development Assistance Committee.
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“Brian’s cross-sectoral leadership experience is exactly what is needed to bring public and private entities together to deliver better results for people mired in poverty, hunger, and disease,” according to David Beckmann and George Ingram, co-chairs of the reform coalition Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network. “The foreign assistance reform community is particularly pleased that Brian will bring his deep commitment to aid effectiveness to his new position.”
Atwood is currently the dean of the Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. He also chairs the Devex board of advisors.
Atwood will return to the University of Minnesota after his tenure at OECD, as he retained his faculty appointment at the university, StarTribune.com reports.