Biden names Ambassador Samantha Power to Lead International Aid Agency

January 13, 2021
Samantha Power

The Carr Center congratulates Ambassador Samantha Power, our founding Executive Director, on her appointment to lead U.S. humanitarian aid agency.

On Wednesday it was announced that Samantha Power, who served as the 28th United States Ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 until 2017, has been named Biden’s top choice to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID).

The Carr Center congratulates Ambassador Power on her latest appointment, in which she will bring a much-needed emphasis on human dignity to foreign policy making. Ambassador Power’s extensive experience addressing crises around the world and commitment to human rights are needed more than ever as the United States continues to work with the international community tackling today's most pressing issues, including a global pandemic, climate change, and the rise of authoritarian power.

“Ambassador Power’s appointment is a really big deal—for the role of human rights in development and for the commitment of the U.S. to the rest of the world,” says current Carr Center Director, Mathias Risse.

In 1999, The Carr Center for Human Rights was founded by Graham Allison and Ambassador Power. During her tenure as the center’s Executive Director, she published her groundbreaking book, A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide, marking the culmination of the Carr Center’s extensive research project on U.S. policy responses to genocide in the 20th century.