Development Co-operation Directorate (DCD-DAC)

DAC Chair: J. Brian Atwood (2011-2012)


J. Brian Atwood

DAC Chair (2011-2012)

J. Brian Atwood served as Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee from January 2011 to December 2012. Mr. Atwood served as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1993 to 1999 during the administration of President William Clinton. Prior to this, he led the Transition Team at the State Department and was Under Secretary of State for Management. During the administration of President Jimmy Carter, he served as Assistant Secretary of State for Congressional Relations. In 1981‐82, he was Dean of Professional Studies and Academic Affairs at the Foreign Service Institute. From 2002-10, Mr. Atwood was Dean of the Hubert Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Other prior positions include President and Chief Executive Officer of Citizens International (1999-2002) and founding President of the National Democratic Institute of International Affairs (1985-1993). In 2001, he served on United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan's Panel on Peace Operations.

Mr. Atwood joined the Foreign Service in 1966 and served in the American Embassies in Côte d'Ivoire and Spain. He served as legislative advisor for foreign and defense policy to Senator Thomas F. Eagleton (D'Mo) from 1972 to 1977.

Mr. Atwood received the United States Secretary of State's Distinguished Service Award in 1999 and the President’s Award for Outstanding Service from the University of Minnesota in 2011.

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