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9 White House officials who matter for global development


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Tonight, on the occasion of this weekend’s White House Correspondents' Dinner, Devex is hosting "The Global Beat," a cocktail reception celebrating international affairs journalism, with Foreign Affairs magazine and support from the United Nations Foundation. But who are the White House officials that matter to global development? Find out by clicking through this slideshow.

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9 White House officials who matter for global development

  1. 1. Photo by: Justin Brown / CC BY-NC-SA In honor of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner... 9 White House officials who matter for global development
  2. 2. On the NSC, Smith advises U.S. President Barack Obama on issues related to global development, democracy and humanitarian affairs. Smith worked as a journalist in Africa for 20 years before relocating to Washington, where she was a co- chair of the Modernizing Foreign Aid Network, senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and co-founder of the Enough Project to end genocide and crimes against humanity. Gayle Smith Special assistant to the president and senior director, National Security Council Photo by: Laura Elizabeth Pohl/Bread for the World
  3. 3. Ben Rhodes Assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for strategic communications and speechwriting Rhodes gained prominence as one of Obama’s startlingly young and talented speech writers during the 2008 campaign. Now he’s a high-level adviser to the president who also happens to care about international development. Rhodes now liaises with the U.S. Agency for International Development to guide the president’s engagement with developing countries. Photo by: The White House
  4. 4. Photo by: The White House After her recent stint as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Rice, a longtime friend of the Obama family, now chairs the National Security Committee. She was a member of the Obama-Biden transition project in 2008 while serving as a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, where she focused on fragile states. Susan Rice National security adviser
  5. 5. Atkinson represents the president at major international economic summits and advises Rice on issues related to international economic affairs and investment. Atkinson came to the Obama White House by way of the International Monetary Fund, where she was a senior executive. Caroline Atkinson Deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security advisor for international economics Photo by: CSIS / CC BY-NC-SA
  6. 6. Froman preceded Caroline Atkinson as deputy national security advisor for international economic affairs, and while technically no longer within the White House, he still occupies a crucial advisory position on international trade and investment issues at a time when the development agenda, especially in Africa, is shifting dramatically from aid to trade. Michael Froman U.S. trade representative Photo by: World Trade Organization / CC BY-SA
  7. 7. Thomisee runs a high-level advisory group appointed to provide independent insight and analysis of the administrations’ global development policies and goals. The council’s first public meeting was delayed for a year, but last month the group issued recommendations to the president and plans to continue doing so. Jayne Thomisee Executive director, Global Development Council Photo by: Tim Hamilton / CC BY-NC-ND
  8. 8. Photo by: Kris Krug/PopTech / CC BY-SA Described as a serial entrepreneur, Greenblatt leads his office’s efforts to “leverage human capital and financial capital to elevate community solutions.” As the White House point person on impact investing and social enterprise, Greenblatt has elevated the conversation around how the government should interact with the private sector to accomplish social goals — such as supporting USAID’s Grand Challenges for Development. Jonathan Greenblatt Special assistant to the president and director, Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council
  9. 9. Feldbaum advances global health and food security within the NSC. He has worked in refugee camps and on mountain rescue teams, holds a doctoral degree in public health and served with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Center for Strategic International Studies. Harley Feldbaum Director for global health, food security and development, National Security Council Photo by: Harley Feldbaum
  10. 10. Photo by: Robynn Steffen Steffen has focused as much White House energy as possible on innovation for global development, through prizes and challenges that link innovators and entrepreneurs with public policy goals. Steffen previously served as deputy chair of the Clinton Global Initiative Education Working Group. Robynn Steffen Assistant director for global development, Office of Science and Technology Policy
  11. 11. Photo by: Tim Hamilton / CC BY-NC-ND Stay up-to-date on how these people — and others — are shaping global development Join Devex and follow us on Facebook