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Former IAF Foundation Representative to join Notre Dame faculty

We have good news to celebrate this week as we learn that our former Inter-American Foundation (IAF) colleague, Ray Offenheiser, will join the faculty of Notre Dame as a Distinguished Professor of the Practice. He will also serve as the inaugural director of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development, bringing over 30 years of international development experience to a new generation ready to change the world. Congratulations and best wishes!

During his time at the IAF in the early 1980s, Offenheiser directed the portfolio for Brazil and Colombia as a foundation representative. His efforts to assist the organized poor to better their own lives made it possible for small farming communities to improve the marketing and production of their crops and livestock. He also supported organizations aiming to help farmers and indigenous communities seek legal assistance to protect the titles to their lands and to community organizations to strengthen support for women and children. 

His colleagues remember Offenheiser fondly. "He was always a creative thinker about the role of foreign assistance in supporting grassroots development and about how communities work," said Stephen Cox, current IAF managing director for Networks and Strategic Initiatives, who worked with Offenheiser as a foundation representative. 

Offenheiser enjoyed an impressive career after the IAF, including his time as a representative of the Ford Foundation and 20 years as the CEO and president of Oxfam America. 

 

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