President-elect Joe Biden has nominated former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power to guide the U.S. Agency for International Development.
Biden additionally mentioned he was elevating that position — USAID Administrator — to be a member of the White House National Security Council.
“Samantha Power is a world-renowned voice of conscience and ethical readability — difficult and rallying the worldwide group to face up for the dignity and humanity of all individuals,” Biden mentioned in a statement on Wednesday.
“I do know firsthand the unparalleled data and tireless dedication to principled American engagement she brings to the desk, and her experience and perspective will likely be important as our nation reasserts its position as a frontrunner on the world stage,” he mentioned. “As USAID Administrator, Ambassador Power will likely be a robust pressure for lifting up the susceptible, ushering in a brand new period of human progress and growth, and advancing American pursuits globally.”
Power, 50, served within the Obama administration as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017. From 2009 to 2013, she served on the National Security Council workers as particular assistant to the president and as senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights.
Before her diplomacy profession, Power was a journalist who reported from Bosnia, East Timor, Kosovo, Rwanda, Sudan and Zimbabwe. She was the founding govt director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy on the Harvard Kennedy School, and is presently a professor at Harvard. She was born in Dublin in 1970 and immigrated to the U.S. from Ireland together with her household on the age of 9.
Power gained a Pulitzer Prize in 2003 for her ebook A Problem From Hell: America and the Age of Genocide.
“One of probably the most urgent challenges going through our nation is restoring and strengthening America’s international management as a champion of democracy, human rights, and the dignity of all individuals,” Vice President-elect Kamala Harris mentioned in a press release. “Few Americans are higher outfitted to assist lead that work than Ambassador Samantha Power.”
“Clear-eyed, resolute, and guided by a real ethical compass, Ambassador Power is a seasoned chief and modern thinker,” Harris added. “And she won’t solely assist carry up the world’s most susceptible and advance our nation’s pursuits around the globe, she will likely be a robust voice for the values and beliefs we cherish as Americans.”