Leocadia Zak on how USTDA has the impact, but needs to get better at the messaging

Leocadia Zak, the most recent director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, is the agency’s biggest cheerleader. In an exit interview with Devex just before she stepped down from her post at the end of the Obama administration, she praised the agency’s staff, held up its model as an example, and advocated that it could do more if it only had the resources.

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  • Adva Saldinger

    Adva Saldinger is a Senior Reporter at Devex, where she covers the intersection of business and international development, as well as U.S. foreign aid policy. From partnerships to trade and social entrepreneurship to impact investing, Adva explores the role the private sector and private capital play in development. A journalist with more than 10 years of experience, she has worked at several newspapers in the U.S. and lived in both Ghana and South Africa.