InterAction USAID Administrator Senate Confirmation Sign-on Letter

June 5, 2015 

Dear Senators McConnell, Reid, Corker and Cardin:

We, the undersigned members and partners of InterAction, write to urge you to swiftly confirm Gayle E. Smith to be the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

As an alliance of more than 180 U.S.-based non-governmental and faith-based organizations working in every developing country in the world, we believe Ms. Smith is uniquely qualified to lead USAID and further its mission to end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.

Given the ongoing humanitarian crises in Syria, Iraq, Ukraine, and South Sudan, as well as the recent crises in Nepal and Yemen, it is critically important that the U.S. Senate take quick action to confirm Ms. Smith as USAID Administrator. Moreover, a full-time leader with the ability to represent the agency before Congress and OMB, as well as representing the U.S. in international fora, will only strengthen U.S. leadership on global initiatives focused on helping people in the world’s poorest places become independent and reach their full potential.

Ms. Smith has demonstrated deep commitment and expertise in global development and humanitarian assistance through her decades of service as a journalist, advocate, and National Security Council (NSC) advisor. As the Senior Director for Development and Democracy on the National Security Council, Co-Founder of the ENOUGH Project, Co-Founder of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, and member of the HELP Commission, Ms. Smith has worked with our community to ensure robust U.S. leadership to improve the effectiveness, transparency, and accountability of official development assistance, effective responses to humanitarian crises, and support for developing countries to build sustainable futures.

We respectfully request that the U.S. Senate confirm Gayle E. Smith to the post of USAID Administrator as soon as possible. Because American humanitarian and development programs are vital to U.S. national, economic, and moral interests, this confirmation must not be delayed.

Thank you for your attention to this matter, which ensures the U.S. commitment to assist the world’s poor and hungry is sustained and strengthened through Ms. Smith’s leadership of USAID.


1. 1,000 Days
3. Action Against Hunger
4. ActionAid USA
5. Adeso
6. ADRA International
7. African Wildlife Foundation
8. Africare
10. Alliance to End Hunger
11. American Friends Service Committee
12. American Jewish World Service
16. Basic Education Coalition
17. Better World Campaign
18. Bread for the World
19. Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation
21. Carl Wilkens Fellowship
22. Center for Health and Gender Equity (CHANGE)
23. Center for Women Policy Studies
24. ChildFund International
25. Church World Service
26. Concern Worldwide US
27. Direct Focus Community Aid
28. Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation
29. EngenderHealth
30. Enough Project
31. Family Care International
32. Food for the Hungry
33. Foods Resource Bank
34. Franciscan Action Network
35. Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
36. Georgia Coalition to Prevent Genocide
37. Girl Up
38. Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth
39. Global Campaign for Education-US
40. Global Communities
41. Global Health Action
42. Global Health Council
43. Global Links
44. Global Poverty Project
45. Global Washington
46. Habitat for Humanity International
47. Heart to Heart International, Inc.
48. Heifer International
49. Helen Keller International
50. HelpAge USA
51. Himalayan Cataract Project
52. Humanity United
53. i-ACT
54. ICCO Cooperation, USA
55. ICRW
56. IMA World Health
57. InsideNGO
58. Institute for Sustainable Communities
59. InterAction
60. International AIDS Vaccine Initiative
61. International Center for Not-for-Profit Law
62. International Foundation for Electoral Systems (IFES)
63. International Housing Coalition
64. International Medical Corps
65. International Rescue Committee

66. International Youth Foundation
67. IntraHealth International
68. Invisible Children
69. Ipas
70. Islamic Relief USA
71. Jewish World Watch
72. Joint Council on International Children’s Services
73. Leadership Conference of Women Religious
74. Lutheran World Relief
75. Management Sciences for Health
76. Mark Schneider, Senior Vice-President, International Crisis Group (as individual)
77. Mercy Corps
78. Mercy-USA for Aid and Development
79. Millennium Water Alliance
81. Nothing But Nets
82. ONE
83. One Acre Fund
84. Oxfam America
85. Pact
86. PAI
87. PATH
88. Pathfinder International
89. PCI
90. Peace Alliance
91. Plan International USA
92. Planet Aid
93. Planned Parenthood Federation of America
94. Population Communication
95. Population Services International
97. Refugees International
98. Relief International
99. RESULTS / RESULTS Educational Fund
100. ReSurge International
101. RIFA Program, College of Agriculture and Environmental Science, UC Davis
102. Save the Children
103. Self Help Africa
104. Seva Foundation
105. Shot@Life
106. Sierra Club
107. Solidarity Center
108. SOS Children's Villages - USA
109. Stop Hunger Now
110. Student Peace Alliance
111. Syria Relief and Development
112. The Borgen Project
113. The Hunger Project
114. The Nature Conservancy
115. Trickle Up
116. U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
117. Universal Access Project
118. US Fund for UNICEF
119. Volunteers for Economic Growth Alliance (VEGA)
120. WASH Advocates
121. WaterAid
122. WellShare International
123. Women Thrive Worldwide
124. Women's Refugee Commission
125. World Concern
126. World Food Program USA
127. World Learning
128. World Rehabilitation Fund
129. World Vision
130. Zakat Foundation