Ex-White House Aide to Speak at 6th Commencement

The University authorities have announced Ambassador John Simon as the Speaker for this year’s Commencement scheduled for Saturday, May 10. He will be the sixth annual speaker since the graduation of the inaugural class of 2009.

Formerly at USAID as Deputy Assistant Administrator, Ambassador Simon served in the White House as Special Assistant to the President and as Senior Director for Relief, Stabilization, and Development for the National Security Council, the first to hold this post.  

During his tenure at the National Security Council, Ambassador Simon oversaw the implementation of ground-breaking development initiatives, including the Millennium Challenge Account, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, the Multilateral Debt Relief Initiative, and the President's Malaria Initiative.  He was also responsible for the U.S. government’s response to international humanitarian disasters, including the 2005 South Asia Earthquake.

A graduate of Princeton and Harvard Universities, Ambassador Simon recently served as the United States Ambassador to the African Union (AU) and the Executive Vice President of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC).  

At OPIC, Ambassador Simon championed the agency’s involvement in the social impact investment marketplace, spearheading efforts to finance housing in Africa, small and medium businesses in Liberia, and large-scale, renewable power.

He is a founder and Managing Partner of Total Impact Advisors, a firm of investment consultants, and the author of “More than Money,” a report on impact investing as a development tool. By Omorx

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