Board of Directors

Jack Leslie, Chairman

Jack was appointed by President Obama in 2009 to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the U.S. African Development Foundation. Jack Leslie is the Chairman of Weber Shandwick, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, former Chairman of the Board of USA for UNHCR (the UN Refugee Agency) and a participant in UNHCR Missions to Afghanistan (1998), Kosovo (1999) and Tanzania (2001). He is a trustee of the Circumnavigators Foundation and is a director of various corporate boards. 






Dr. John Agwunobi is the former Senior Vice President and President of Health & Wellness for Wal-Mart Stores Division, where he oversaw the company’s health and wellness business unit, which includes pharmacies, vision centers, and health care clinics. Prior to joining Wal-Mart, Mr. Agwunobi was the Assistant Secretary for Health for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and an Admiral in the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps. He has served as Florida’s Secretary of Health and as a pediatrician.




Ward Brehm, Board Member

Ward Brehm is an entrepreneur and public servant, engaged in African humanitarian efforts and public speaking on African relief and development.  In his professional life, Mr. Brehm is Founder and Chairman of The Brehm Group, a Twin Cities, Minnesota-based insurance consulting firm. He was awarded the Presidential Citizenship Medal for his work in Africa.  He has authored two books on his experiences in Africa, Life Through A Different Lens and White Man Walking. 





Morgan Davis currently serves on the Boards of Directors for Montpelier Re Holdings Ltd., OneBeacon Insurance Group, Ltd., and White Mountains Insurance Group, Ltd. Mr. Davis is the former Chairman of the Board for Global Strategies for HIV Prevention and is a former member of the Faith Alive Foundation. It was Mr. Davis's involvement with Global Strategies that brought him to Jos, Nigeria several times, where the organization worked diligently to improve the health care options for the region.




Iqbal Paroo has devoted his life to alleviating suffering among the world's most marginalized populations through improved health care and investment strategies. Mr. Paroo's expertise lies in complex health care systems, academic institutions, technology companies, and venture-funded startups. He brings his unique expertise in business turnarounds, transition management, market strategy formulation and organization governance to USADF. He is the Managing Partner of Paroo and Associates and previously lead the Omidyar Network as President and CEO.




Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield, a member of the Career Foreign Service, has served as the Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs since 2013. In this capacity, she leads the bureau in the Department of State focused on the development and management of U.S. policy toward sub-Saharan Africa. Ambassador Thomas-Greenfield’s 34-year Foreign Service career includes an ambassadorship to Liberia (2008-2012), and foreign postings in Switzerland (at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations), Pakistan, Kenya, The Gambia, Nigeria, and Jamaica. In addition to the Bureau of Human Resources, her Washington postings include the Bureau of African Affairs (2006-2008) where she served as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, and the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration (2004-2006) where she served as Deputy Assistant Secretary.



Linda Etim was sworn in as USAID’s Assistant Administrator for Africa in December 2015. In this capacity, she is responsible for more than $7 billion of assistance funding to 46 countries, in 29 regional and bilateral missions across sub-Saharan Africa. Most recently, Ms. Etim served as USAID’s Deputy Assistant Administrator for Africa where she oversaw USAID’s support to the United States’ goals of stabilizing fragile states and promoting transformational development through the full range of foreign assistance programming. This includes, promoting peace and security, democracy, good governance, agricultural development, free markets and economic integration, a sustainable environment, improved human health, education and the delivery of humanitarian assistance in times of need.