Who's who in global development: April 2015 executive appointments

By Ma. Eliza Villarino 04 May 2015

Gayle Smith (left) was nominated to replace Rajiv Shah as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development while Michelle Nunn (right) will succeed Helene Gayle as the CEO of CARE USA. Photo by: Laura Elizabeth Pohl / Bread for the World and Jim Gillooly / Be the Change, Inc. 

As April drew to a close, U.S. President Barack Obama made a big announcement: He finally nominated Rajiv Shah’s successor at the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Gayle Smith is a White House insider, being the special assistant to the president and senior director of the National Security Council. So it was barely a surprise that she was among the names floated earlier on to eventually lead the world’s largest bilateral donor agency through the remaining period of the Obama administration.

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Much like USAID, CARE USA is awaiting the arrival of its new leader.

Michelle Nunn, a former U.S. Senate candidate, is succeeding Helene Gayle, who has led the international nongovernmental organization since 2006. Before joining the political fray, Nunn was more known as the driving force behind the merger between Hands on Atlanta and Points of Light, which has created one of the world’s largest organizations dedicated to volunteer service.

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Currently based in New York City, Eliza is a veteran journalist focused on covering the most pressing issues and latest innovations in global health, humanitarian aid, sustainability and development. A member of Mensa, Eliza has earned a master's degree in public affairs and bachelor's degree in political science from the University of the Philippines.


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