We are now over eight months into the Obama administration and still–still— there is no new head of the United States Agency for International Development. Paul Farmer was in the running for a while, but his nomination was scrapped during an apparently onerous vetting process.
But just because our elected officials can’t decide on a new administrator, this does not preclude those of us who care about these issues from having our voices heard. Enter the The Modernizing Foreign Assistance Network, which created a nifty poll in which users can vote for their favorite of 20 potential nominees.
So far, Gayle Smith of the National Security Council is leading the straw poll with 22% of the vote. Nancy Birdsall, president of the Center for Global Development, is in second place with 13%. Go vote!