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Message from Partnership Board Chair Peter McPherson: Julie Howard Joins USAID as Deputy Coordinator for Development, FtF

Dear Members and Friends of the Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa,

It is with considerable sadness, but great anticipation, that I announce today that Dr. Julie Howard, Executive Director and CEO of the Partnership, has joined USAID as Deputy Coordinator for Development, Feed the Future, effective immediately.  She will be sorely missed at the Partnership and by all who have had the pleasure of working with her these last 10 years...

All who know of Julie's extraordinary service and contributions at the Partnership will recognize the talents that she will bring to USAID and the Feed the Future Initiative. Julie has been remarkable in working with others to bring diverse interests together in common cause, and amplifying the voices and priorities of our African partners.  She combines considerable interpersonal skills with a rich knowledge of African food security and the transformative role agriculture must play in Africa’s economic development. Julie has brought the Partnership from infancy to young adulthood, securing essential funding from the Gates and Hewlett Foundations and building strong collaborations with AU/NEPAD’s Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Program and the US-based African diplomatic corps.  Julie and the Partnership have built relationships with US and African private sector leaders and drawn them into dialogue with NGO and public sector leaders.  Under Julie's leadership, the Partnership established its flagship annual report on US assistance to African agricultural development, and published influential studies on infrastructure and agricultural development, and food aid reform.  The Partnership’s annual Forum, briefings and website provide members and partners in Washington and beyond with an unmatched source of public debate and education regarding food security challenges and emerging agricultural opportunities in sub-Saharan Africa.

In the interim, and until a permanent replacement can be identified and recruited, I am pleased to also announce today that Roy A. Stacy has agreed to serve temporarily as Julie's replacement.  Many of you know Mr. Stacy for his work over the years in Africa.  After serving 35 years with USAID, all within the Africa Bureau, Roy moved to the State Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary in 1987.  After retiring from the US Foreign Service with a rank of Career Minister, Mr. Stacy moved to the World Bank, assisting the Sr. Vice President with the establishment of the Africa Capacity Building Foundation and the Global Coalition for Africa.  He later served at the OECD as Director of the Club du Sahel from 1992-98 and as the chief of party of FEWS NET from 2000-2006. 

We will also continue to rely on our excellent team at the Partnership Secretariat: Daniel Karanja (Chief of Staff and Senior Fellow), Hannah Robertson-Forrest (Project Coordinator and Research Associate), Rachel Voss (Communications and Research Associate), and Tarah Speck (Administrative Associate).

Please join me in saying bon voyage and best wishes to Julie and in extending a welcome and helpful hand to Roy.  I am sure that he and the Secretariat staff can count on all of you to assist during the transition in keeping up the momentum and high standards of the Partnership's work.


Peter McPherson
Chair, Board of Directors
Partnership to Cut Hunger and Poverty in Africa