President & Ceo

C.D. Glin is the President and CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) since September 2016. Prior to joining USADF, from 2011-2016 Glin was based in Nairobi, Kenya as the Associate Director for Africa for the Rockefeller Foundation, and previously served as a White House appointee at the U.S. Peace Corps as the first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Global Partnerships.

Glin was Vice President for Business Development at PYXERA Global where he managed international business advisory and corporate responsibility programs for Fortune500 companies and earlier consulted for the State Department, USAID and the World Bank while living in Ghana and Nigeria. He served as volunteer in the first Peace Corps South Africa group during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela. Glin holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University; a Master’s Certificate in Business Management from Tulane University and Postgraduate Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from Oxford University's Saïd Business School. He is a Life member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2011, was designated by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his commitment and contributions to international service and civic participation.

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Kim Ward
Managing director, programs

Kim Ward has led project development and implementation at the U.S. African Development Foundation for over 20 years. As Managing Director of Programs, he oversees grant-making activities in both Francophone and Anglophone regions. He has worked with 12 different USADF country programs, developing, funding and monitoring of over 500 community and small enterprise development grants. Kim has facilitated USADF strategic partnership agreements with host governments in Botswana, Namibia, and Malawi – where USADF leverages host government funding to expand its reach to the most vulnerable and underserved populations in-country.

Mr. Ward has worked with development programs in Africa for more than 30 years. He has lived and worked in six different African countries for 14 years. Prior to joining USADF, Kim Ward served as the Country Director of the United States Peace Corps programs in Namibia and Lesotho. Mr. Ward was the first resident Country Director in Namibia, helping to open the new Peace Corps program less than one year after Namibia gained independence. While with the Peace Corps, Mr. Ward assisted with the negotiation of the bilateral Country Protocol Agreement that led to the opening of a new Peace Corps program in Zimbabwe and he drafted that program’s first five-year country strategy.

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  • Provides legal counsel and advice to USADF’s Board of Directors, President and staff. Interprets statues, regulations and policies.

  • Reviews all grant agreements and contracts for legal sufficiency.

  • Handles all litigation involving the Foundation.

  • Manages ethics and FOIA programs and ensures compliance with other administrative laws.



Mathieu Zahui, CGFM, joined USADF in 2010 and serves as Director of Finance and Administration. Prior to joining USADF, Zahui has worked for Veterans Administration as a Budget Analyst for 5 years.  He serves as a Logistics/Combat Support Chief as a U.S. Marine for 10 years.  At the completion of his military services, he taught at Palomar Community College, San Marcos, CA as an Adjunct for Economics for 8 years.  Zahui has been an active member of Association of Government Accountant (AGA), Institute of Management Accountant (IMA), and American Association for Budget and Program Analysis (AABPA).




paul olson
regional director - FRANCOPHONE region

Paul Olson has led project development and implementation at the U.S. African Development Foundation for over 25 years. As Regional Director of the Francophone region, Paul is a development and agriculture specialist with keen proficiency in the management of food systems.

Prior to his service as USADF, he served as Associate Director for Rural Development and Country Director in the Central African Republic; and as the Director of the Africa Food Systems program initiative from 1982 – 1990. Additionally Paul served as a Peace Corps inland fisheries volunteer and agriculture/rural development trainer/program advisor in Cameroon and Gabon from 1975-1982.


tom coogan
regional director - ANGLOphone region

Tom Coogan has led project development and implementation at the U.S. African Development Foundation for over 15 years. Currently, Tom serves as the USADF Regional Director of Anglophone Region. Tom helped establish USADF’s Power Africa program, which to date has awarded over 75 grants to off grid energy enterprises.  

Coogan was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame and the Yale School of Management; he has extensive experience in the private and non-profit sectors, including as Vice President of Finance at Rite Aid Corporation, and as head of Finance and Administration at Ten Thousand Villages, a fair trade organization. He also served in the Peace Corps as a small business adviser in the Gambia in West Africa. 



For over a decade, Ellen Teel has served as USADF’s Senior Internal Auditor, responsible for all aspects of the foundation’s financial audit program to include developing audit guidelines, budgeting, planning and reporting, coordinating, overseeing and performing audits. Ms. Teel leads USADF’s relationship with the USAID Inspector General, and manages all perform reviews, inspections and investigations as requested internally and/or by the USADF Board’s Audit Committee. 


solomon chi
director of information technology

Solomon Chi is USADF’s Director of Information Technology. With over 25 years of experience in the computer information technology in both the private and public sectors, Chi leads USADF’s information technology and network management, systems development, and cybersecurity agenda for the DC and Africa field offices. certifications in the practice areas of security, storage and networking. Prior to joining USADF, Chi led network development and design at the District of Columbia’s Public Defender Service and Superior Courts and AT&T. Chi was born in Cameroon.