UNDP DC chief to join US Global Leadership Coalition

Will Davis, director of the U.N. Development Program representation office in Washington. Photo by: UNDP

Will Davis, director of the U.N. Development Program’s Washington representation office, has been named the new executive director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a network of political, academic, business, nonprofit and military leaders who support the robust use of “smart power” in U.S. foreign policy.

Davis’ appointment was the product of a recruitment process that began during the summer of 2014, according to a source familiar with the process. He will assume his new role in mid-April, and will report to USGLC’s founder and president, Liz Schrayer, who plans to continue leading the organization’s strategic engagement.

Devex recently covered USGLC’s annual tribute dinner — known in D.C. development circles as the “smart power prom” — where the organization honored former U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Rajiv Shah in the final months of his tenure.

At UNDP, Davis served as a liaison between the U.N. branch and the U.S. congress, as well as the wide range of other U.S. development interests based in Washington, D.C. Davis is married to U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Population, Refugees and Migration Anne Richard.

“Will has extensive bipartisan ties to Capitol Hill and the foreign policy and political communities, and has exceptional depth of knowledge about our issues,” Schrayer said in a press release.

There has been no announcement yet of who will succeed Davis at UNDP when he vacates his post next month.

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    Michael Igoe is a Senior Reporter with Devex, based in Washington, D.C. He covers U.S. foreign aid, global health, climate change, and development finance. Prior to joining Devex, Michael researched water management and climate change adaptation in post-Soviet Central Asia, where he also wrote for EurasiaNet. Michael earned his bachelor's degree from Bowdoin College, where he majored in Russian, and his master’s degree from the University of Montana, where he studied international conservation and development.