Friends of Publish What You Fund

Friends of Publish What You Fund was established in May 2015 with the objective of promoting transparency among donors, users and implementers of international assistance in order to ensure effective spending, evaluation and accountability. Its particular focus is on U.S. transparency and accountability and it works in partnership with a number of stakeholders with similar objectives. It also grants to organizations that further its work, including to Publish What You Fund.

Friends of Publish What You Fund, a 501(c)(3) organization, is registered as a non-profit in the District of Columbia. Its Board is chaired by George Ingram. Visit the Friends of Publish What You Fund website for more information.

Board members

George M. Ingram is Chair of Friends of Publish What You Fund. 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 is also 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 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, Gregory spent more than 10 years working for members of the U.S. 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 U.S. foreign aid.

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. She also served as Senior Policy Director at the Center for Global Development and in senior management positions at the U.S. Department of Treasury. She additionally served as a senior advisor on the Obama administration’s foreign policy transition team. Sheila holds a MA from American University’s School of International Service with a focus in International Development and Development Finance, and a BA in Economics from William Smith College.

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. Ben re-joined CGD after serving as Global Policy Director at the ONE Campaign.

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 35-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. Larry 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. Larry is Treasurer to the Friends of Publish What You Fund board.

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, Paul 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 and 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.

Nora O’Connell is the Associate Vice President, Public Policy & Advocacy, Save the Children.  She joined Save the Children in 2011 to lead the organization’s policy and advocacy portfolio on international development, including health and nutrition, education, food security and aid effectiveness.  Prior to joining Save the Children, she spent nearly a decade helping to build Women Thrive Worldwide as the leading NGO shaping US policy on global women’s issues, serving as Vice President of Policy and Government Affairs.  Women Thrive received InterAction’s Mildred Leet award for their advocacy to advance gender integration within Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) as an essential tool for achieving economic growth and poverty reduction, which resulted in the MCC being the leader on this within US foreign policy.  She served as deputy campaign manager for Chellie Pingree’s U.S. Senate campaign and led the Women and the Economy program at the Center for Policy Alternative, which was the premier NGO developing progressive policy solution across the 50 states during an era of intense devolution.  She also worked at the Communications Consortium Media Center (CCMC), where she helped advance better policies for children in the child welfare system through strategic communications.  She is a graduate of the University of California at Berkeley with a degree in Psychology and minor in Ethnic Studies.

Dr. Tessie San Martin, President and 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 whom are women and young girls. Tessie serves as Secretary to the Friends of Publish What You Fund board.