President and CEO,
Initiative for Global Development
Ambassador Mark Green (retired) is the President and CEO of the Initiative for Global Development, a non-governmental organization that engages a global network of corporate leaders to reduce poverty through business growth and investment in Africa. Immediately prior to joining IGD, Mark was Senior Director at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a broad-based network of 400 businesses and NGOs; national security and foreign policy experts; and business leaders who support a smart power approach to American foreign policy. Among its Advisory Council members is every living Secretary of State.
Mark is an active voice in the foreign policy community. In 2010, he was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation. In addition, he serves on the Center for Strategic and International Studies Executive Council on Development, the Board of Directors of WorldTeach and the Advisory Board of Mother’s Day Every Day. Together with Rob Mosbacher, Jr., he co-chairs the Consensus for Development Reform, a coalition of conservatives and business leaders who are devising new principles for making development policy more effective and growth- oriented.
From mid-2007 to early 2009, Mark served as the U.S. Ambassador to Tanzania, where he led a mission of more than 350 Americans and Tanzanians, and was ultimately responsible for some of the world’s largest U.S.-led development programs. Prior to that, he served four terms in the House of Representatives (R-WI), and helped to craft key policy initiatives like the Millennium Challenge Act and President Bush’s history-making AIDS program. He also served three terms in the Wisconsin State Assembly, where he served as both Majority Caucus Chair and Chair of the Judiciary Committee.
Mark is a proud product of the University of Wisconsin System. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire in 1983 and with his Juris Doctorate from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1987. While at UWEC, he was both an NAIA Academic All-American and a member of the NAIA All-American Swimming Team. He is a member of the Blugold Hall of Fame. In 2012, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science Degree Georgetown University’s School of Nursing and Health Studies.