Statement from Save the Children on the Nomination of Gayle Smith as USAID Administrator

Fairfield, Conn. (April 30, 2015) —

Save the Children welcomes the nomination of Gayle Smith to become the next Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).

"World leaders face two historic summit opportunities in the next year to accelerate progress on ending extreme poverty and to confront humanitarian crises around the world," said Carolyn Miles, President and CEO of Save the Children.

"Gayle Smith has a wealth of experience, both from inside and out of government, to bring to bear in shaping USAID's leadership for these summits. We look forward to working with her, and the rest of the Obama Administration, to support bold American leadership on ending extreme poverty and the preventable deaths of children, as well as ensuring the world does much more to prevent and respond to the suffering of people in Nepal, Syria, and the many other humanitarian crises around the world. Gayle Smith has been a leader on initiatives to make US international development assistance more efficient and effective, and she reflects the compassion that all Americans have for children and families in need. We are eager to partner with her to put those reforms on an enduring foundation."

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