U.S. Advisory Committee

George M. Ingram, Chair

George M. Ingram is a Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution and chair emeritus at the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC). His professional career – working in the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the non-profit sector – has focused on international economic and development policy. He recently assumed the position of Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development Program at the Brookings Institution. He serves as chair emeritus and senior adviser for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition (USGLC), a network of more than 400 companies and NGOs that work on behalf of greater resources for and more effective use of U.S. policies and programs of U.S. engagement in international affairs. He also is co-chair of the Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, an alliance of development organizations, think tanks, and academics that advocate for modernizing U.S. foreign assistance programs and structures.

Gregory Adams

Gregory Adams directs Oxfam America’s advocacy work on aid effectiveness and reform of US foreign aid and development policy. He works with allied organizations and individuals to generate momentum for foreign aid and development policy reforms that are driven by a long-term commitment to effectively reduce poverty. Prior to Oxfam America, Adams spent more than 10 years working for members of the US House of Representatives, covering national security and foreign affairs issues. He served as legislative director for Representative Diane E. Watson of Los Angeles. In this role, he helped craft Watson’s positions on the Millennium Challenge Corporation and other dimensions of US foreign aid.

Rodney Bent

Rodney Bent has 34 years of experience in the public and private sectors, serving in 2011 as a Senior Adviser to the United States Deputy Secretary of State, whom he advised on the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review on management and budget issues.  From 2009 to 2011, he was an Executive Adviser at Booz Allen Hamilton with responsibility for international development and health issues.

Sheila Herrling

Sheila Herrling is the Senior Vice President for Social Innovation at the Case Foundation. She leads efforts to develop and implement mission-driven domestic and international initiatives, expand tech for good platforms, leverage partnerships, promote entrepreneurial approaches to social change, and build a robust portfolio of social and impact investments. She possesses over 20 years of experience in international development and U.S. foreign policy, focused on aid innovation and effectiveness, monitoring and evaluation, and economic analysis. Sheila spent five years as Senior Vice President for Policy and Evaluation at the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC). She also served as Senior Policy Director at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and in senior management positions at the U.S. Department of Treasury. Herrling additionally served as a senior advisor on the Obama administration’s foreign policy transition team. Sheila holds a M.A. from American University’s School of International Service with a focus in International Development and Development Finance, and a B.A. in Economics from William Smith College.

Ben Leo

Ben Leo is a senior fellow at the Center for Global Development (CGD). His work focuses on the rapidly changing African development finance environment, with particular emphasis on private capital flows, infrastructure, debt dynamics, the role of multilateral development banks and traditional donors, and domestic resource mobilization. He developed the MDG Progress Index and has authored numerous CGD publications. His work has been cited in leading international and regional media outlets, including the New York Times, Wall Street JournalWashington Post, Financial TimesMail and Guardian,CNBC AfricaThis Day, and Daily Nation. Mr. Leo rejoined CGD after serving as Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign.

Larry Nowels

Larry Nowels is a consultant to several organizations, including the Hewlett Foundation, USGLC, and ONE on foreign aid reform and budget issues. Previously, he was a specialist in foreign affairs at the Congressional Research Service. During his thirty-three year career at CRS, he wrote extensively on U.S. foreign assistance policy-making, including the congressional role in legislating and overseeing American foreign aid programs. Nowels further served on detail assignments to the House Budget Committee and the House Foreign Operations Appropriations Subcommittee. Upon leaving CRS in mid-2006, he served as a consultant to the Helping to Enhance the Livelihood of People Around the Globe (HELP) Commission. Following the 2008 election, Nowels served on President-elect Obama’s transition team examining U.S. foreign assistance agencies.

Paul O’Brien

Paul O’Brien is the Vice President for Policy and Campaigns at Oxfam America. He oversees all of Oxfam America’s policy, campaigning, and private sector engagement work. He has diverse experience in the humanitarian and human rights field, having worked throughout Africa, and in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and South Asia. Previously, O’Brien was the president of Echoing Green, which uses venture philanthropy principles to support social entrepreneurs, and he worked as a litigator in New York for Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP. He is the co-founder of the Legal Resources Foundation in Kenya, which served in Nairobi’s slum communities, and he founded the Human Rights Research and Advocacy Consortium in Afghanistan, which brought together 12 international and Afghan non-governmental organizations.

Tessie San Martin

Dr. Tessie San Martin, President/CEO of Plan USA, is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years’ experience helping to address gaps in education, economic growth, capacity-building, corporate governance, political reform and labor policy globally. Her work has taken her to Egypt, India, Mexico, Bosnia, and Indonesia, among other countries, where professional initiatives have involved supporting disenfranchised populations, a significant number of which are women and young girls. 

Emeritus Members

Nilmini Rubin

Nilmini Rubin is a Senior Professional Staff Member at the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs. She ecently developed and advocated on technology policy for an association of premier global companies, the Information Technology Industry Council.  Nilmini previously served as a senior aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on international economic and development issues.  She spearheaded legislation on transparency and anti-corruption including passage of the Cardin-Lugar amendment on extractive industry transparency and ratification of the U.N. Convention Against Corruption. She has also served as Director for International Finance and the G-8 on the National Security Council at the White House and as International Economist at the Department of the Treasury.  Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Security Magazine and the Huffington Post. handles trade, economics, technology and energy policy for the House Committee on Foreign Affairs. She recently developed and advocated on technology policy for an association of premier global companies, the Information Technology Industry Council.  Nilmini previously served as a senior aide to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on international economic and development issues.  She spearheaded legislation on transparency and anti-corruption including passage of the Cardin-Lugar amendment on extractive industry transparency and ratification of the U.N. Convention Against Corruption. She has also served as Director for International Finance and the G-8 on the National Security Council at the White House and as International Economist at the Department of the Treasury.  Her work has been featured in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Security Magazine and the Huffington Post.

Noam Unger

Noam Unger was a fellow with the Development Assistance and Governance Initiative and policy director of the Foreign Assistance Reform project at Brookings Institution. He focused on policies and politics related to modernizing U.S. foreign aid and global development efforts. He is currently the Senior Advisor, Bureau for Policy, Planning and Learning at USAID.

Jeremy M. Weinstein, PhD

Jeremy Weinstein is an Associate Professor of Political Science and Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. Professor Weinstein serves as director of the Center for African Studies, and is an affiliated faculty member at CDDRL and CISAC. He is also a non-resident fellow at the Center for Global Development in Washington, D.C. Professor Weinstein recently returned to Stanford after serving as Director for Development and Democracy on the National Security Council staff at the White House between 2009 and 2011. In this capacity, he played a key role in the National Security Council’s work on global development, democracy and human rights, and anti-corruption, with a global portfolio.