The Initiative for Global Development (IGD) recently named former U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania Mark Green as its new President and CEO effective February 18, 2013. He is to replace current CEO Jennifer Potter who is retiring.
The IGD is a national non-profit organization that works with political and corporate leaders to end poverty through funding investments in developing nations around the world. In recent years, it has focused specifically on Africa, with great success in promoting positive economic development growth.
Ambassador Green has seen great success in his career not only as an Ambassador where he was responsible for some of America’s most comprehensive development projects, but as a four term Congressman in the House of Representatives. Recently, Green was also the Senior Director of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition; a vast network encompassing four hundred corporations, NGO’s, foreign policy experts and national leaders supporting innovative approaches to U.S. foreign policy.
President and CEO of Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) Sally Jewell told IGD leadership that Ambassador Green’s, “commitment to the developing world, particularly in Africa, has been proven many times over. In his career journey, he has developed an understanding of the importance of business engagement in creating sustainable communities and jobs that lift people out of poverty. I am confident he will build upon the great work of Jennifer Potter (and) the IGD staff…to create lasting, positive change.”
IGD Board Chairman Robert A. Mosbacher Jr. also espouses great faith in Green’s ability to take the reigns of the organization saying, “the IGD board is enormously pleased that Mark Green will build on this momentum and help take IGD to the next level.”