Longtime human rights advocate who served under Obama named to lead the US Agency for International Development

Joe Biden on Wednesday named Samantha Power, the former US ambassador to the United Nations, as his choice to lead the US Agency for International Development (USAID), citing her deep experience addressing crises around the world.

“There is simply no-one better placed to ensure our development agenda is a core pillar of our foreign policy,” the US president-elect said in a video statement.

President-elect Biden has nominated Ambassador Samantha Power as USAID Administrator.

A leading voice for humane and principled American engagement in the world, she will rally the international community and work with our partners to confront the biggest challenges of our time. pic.twitter.com/Gv9G8CLrI5

Related: Samantha Power: ‘To fall flat in such a public way and to have no job … I was a wandering person’

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