Friends of the Global Fight Applauds Confirmation of Gayle E. Smith as USAID Administrator


Washington, D.C., December 2, 2015 —Friends of the Global Fight Against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria commends the U.S. Senate’s confirmation of Gayle E. Smith as the 17th Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). In her new role, Smith will oversee USAID’s robust development programs, including the U.S. government’s vital efforts in the global fights against tuberculosis and malaria.

“As the global community looks to build strategically on the global health progress of the last 15 years, we are pleased to celebrate Gayle Smith’s confirmation as the USAID’s newest administrator,” said Deb Derrick, President of Friends of the Global Fight. “As a champion of international development, Gayle has served tirelessly in Washington and on the ground, particularly in Africa. Her work will be invaluable in ensuring sustained U.S. leadership in the global fight against tuberculosis, malaria and other deadly diseases, through USAID and in partnership with the Global Fund.”

As USAID administrator, Smith will direct the nation’s foreign aid to eliminate poverty and hunger, to put an end to preventable child and maternal deaths, and to support global health initiatives, including U.S. tuberculosis programs and the U.S. President’s Malaria Initiative, headed by U.S. Global Malaria Coordinator Tim Ziemer. Smith’s confirmation received bipartisan support in the Senate, where the vote was 79-7.

Most recently, Smith served on the National Security Council staff as Senior Director for Development and Democracy. In this role she helped manage the U.S. government’s responses to more than 15 major humanitarian crises. Adding to her leadership and humanitarian credentials is Smith’s work to end genocide by co-founding the Enough Project.


Friends of the Global Fight works to end the worldwide burden of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria. We educate, engage and mobilize U.S. decision makers to support the Global Fund, the world’s largest public health financier. For more information about Friends of the Global Fight, visit



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