Washington D.C. is hurry up and wait city. President Obama entered office with a promise of quick change, but he has yet to name many of his appointments to head agencies. Many agencies of interest to nonprofits are still being run by interim leadership. Here at the Monitor, we’ll be doing a regular feature on who is being considered for political appointment to agencies of interest to the nonprofit world and who at the agencies is currently calling the shots.
Since taking office, President Obama has made several major policy changes in our foreign aid. He repealed the Mexico City Policy, pledged $3 billion to fight world hunger, and expanded aid to Afghanistan, but he has yet to nominate a permanent head of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), which is responsible for overseeing billions of dollars in economic and humanitarian aid. He has, however, changed USAID’s leadership. In January, he replaced the acting administrator, Kent Hill, with a new acting administrator, Alonzo Fulgham, a veteran of the agency.
Mr. Fulgham has been with USAID for twenty years, and is concurrently serving as the Coordinator of the Agency’s Transition Efforts, Chief Operating Officer, and Executive Secretary. He worked as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Haiti from 1984 until 1986, after which he joined USAID as a Private Sector Advisor in Swaziland. Since then, he has served in Serbia, Montenegro, Jordan, Georgia, and Azerbaijan. From 2005 until 2006, he was a Mission Director in Afghanistan. He received a Bachelor of Science from Fisk University and a Master of Arts from the National Defense University.
We still have no hints as to who may replace Fulgham, but USAID seems to be in the hands of a well seasoned veteran of the organization.