President-elect Joe Biden nominated Samantha Power, the US ambassador to the United Nations during the Obama administration, to head up the US agency tasked with providing civilian foreign aid, calling her a “voice of conscience and moral clarity.”
Biden will also elevate the position of administrator of the United States Agency for International Development to a member of the National Security Council in his administration.
Power, who served at the UN from 2013 to 2017, as head of USAID will work with the world community to combat the coronavirus pandemic, provide assistance to struggling communities and advance “American interests around the globe,” the Biden transition committee said in a statement on Wednesday.
Biden called her a “world-renowned voice of conscience and moral clarity — challenging and rallying the international community to stand up for the dignity and humanity of all people. I know firsthand the unparalleled knowledge and tireless commitment to principled American engagement she brings to the table,