WASHINGTON, April 30, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The global humanitarian organization Mercy Corps welcomes the nomination of Gayle Smith, a senior White House official, to be the next administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and urges Congress to confirm her appointment as quickly as possible.
"Gayle Smith distinguished herself during the U.S. government's response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa," says Neal Keny-Guyer, Chief Executive Officer of Mercy Corps. "But that's just the most recent example in her long and distinguished career as an effective policy maker and advocate on humanitarian and development issues."
Her combination of policy, advocacy and operations makes Smith an especially strong leader for USAID.
"We are living in a particularly challenging time, in which the number and intensity of humanitarian crises is stretching our community's ability to respond," says Keny-Guyer. "Because of her experience, Gayle understands that the U.S. government must renew its focus on holistic, multi-sector, multi-year programs that address the root causes of vulnerability."
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Mercy Corps is a leading global humanitarian agency saving and improving lives in the world's toughest places. With a network of experienced professionals in more than 40 countries, we partner with local communities to put bold ideas into action to help people recover, overcome hardship and build better lives. Now, and for the future. www.mercycorps.org.