Who will be the next USAID administrator?
Who will lead U.S.foreign aid and humanitarian relief programs?
When Rajiv Shah steps down as administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development early February 2015, someone will take over leadership of the U.S. government’s $20 billion foreign assistance portfolio. But who?
In the short term, we know the answer. Current Deputy Administrator Alfonso Lenhardt will step in as acting administrator when Shah vacates his position, and it is possible Lenhardt will ride out the remaining two years of the Obama administration in that role. It took almost a year to nominate and confirm Shah, after the administration vetted and considered other candidates, including health luminary Paul Farmer, who eventually ducked out of contention.