The World Food Bank is pleased to announce that our Founder and CEO Richard Lackey has been appointed to the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid (ACVFA), a nonpartisan committee established to link USAID leadership to private companies and organizations working in foreign development and humanitarian aid overseas.

Mr. Lackey was invited to join the ACVFA by Mark Green, the Administrator of USAID. He will attend his first committee meeting in Washington, D.C. on May 2nd.

Mr. Lackey joins approximately 30 other members of this committee from diverse sectors, who will work together to provide USAID with data, feedback, and counsel on development issues and foreign assistance, as well as foster public interest in the field of voluntary foreign aid and private voluntary organization activities.

“I am honored to be appointed by Mr. Green to the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid.  I look forward to the opportunity to not only share information about the work we are doing at the World Food Bank to resolve hunger through market-driven solutions, but also to be part of a committee that is shaping how our country approaches international development work,” said Mr. Lackey. “The vision that Administrator Green has for leveraging the innovation and capital strength of private enterprise with the influence and risk moderation solutions of USAID and other collaborators is a dream come true for organizations like the World Food Bank who know this solutions not only works, but is the fastest most sustainable model for lifting farmers out of poverty and solving food supply challenges for the future.  I hope to provide greater perspective on ways that the private sector can elevate and enhance the committee’s goal of making the world a better, safer place for all people.”

The ACVFA was established by Presidential directive after World War II to serve as a link between the U.S. Government and private voluntary organizations active in humanitarian assistance and development work overseas.

The committee meets twice a year with the goal of providing cross-sector recommendations on development issues to the USAID Administrator.

For more information, visit USAID’s ACVFA webpage.