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Ray Offenheiser elected Chair of the Board of BRAC USA

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He succeeds Lincoln Chen, who had led the Board since 2009


NEW YORK, NY – September 24, 2020 BRAC USA announced today the election of Raymond C. Offenheiser as Chair of its Board of Directors. He succeeds Lincoln Chen, who had led the Board since 2009. BRAC USA is the US-based affiliate of international development organization BRAC, one of the largest nongovernmental organizations in the world, which reaches more than 100 million people in 11 countries with evidence-based approaches that enable people to change their lives.


Ray Offenheiser leads the Pulte Institute for Global Development at the University of Notre Dame, where he also serves as a Distinguished Professor, teaching the foundations of sustainable development. He previously served for 20 years as President of Oxfam America, which grew eightfold under his leadership and repositioned itself in the United States as an influential voice on international development, human rights and governance, humanitarianism, and foreign assistance. Prior to joining Oxfam, he represented the Ford Foundation in Bangladesh and the Andean and Southern Cone regions of South America. He has served on the advisory boards of the World Economic Forum, the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute, the Gates Foundation, and the Clinton Global Initiative.


“Those of us at BRAC USA are excited that Ray Offenheiser is succeeding our esteemed longtime Chair, Lincoln Chen,” said Donella Rapier, President of BRAC USA. “Lincoln has served as Chair for most of BRAC USA’s existence, providing essential leadership, guidance, and wisdom for all that we have accomplished in that time. We understand his desire to pass the baton and are grateful that Ray has taken it and will apply his extraordinary experience, knowledge, and insights to this crucial role.”


Since its inception in 2007 through its year ended September 30, 2019, BRAC USA has raised $179 million in support of BRAC’s vital programs in 11 countries. BRAC USA has also helped mobilize an additional $276 million that went directly to BRAC entities.


“I am honored to succeed Lincoln Chen as Chair of BRAC USA,” said Ray Offenheiser. “I understand well the crucial role that US affiliates of international development organizations play, having served as President of Oxfam America for 20 years, and I am pleased to be able to augment my lifelong commitment to sustainable development in this role, as I continue to lead the Pulte Institute for Global Development at Notre Dame.”




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About BRAC

BRAC is a global leader in developing and implementing cost-effective, evidence-based programs to assist the most marginalized people in extremely poor, conflict-prone, and post-disaster settings. These include initiatives in education, healthcare, microfinance, women and girls’ empowerment, agriculture, human and legal rights, and more. BRAC’s vision is a world free from all forms of exploitation and discrimination where everyone has the opportunity to realize their potential. In 2020, BRAC was named the number one NGO in the world by NGO Advisor for the fifth consecutive year. Founded in Bangladesh in 1972, BRAC currently operates in 11 countries in Asia and Africa, touching the lives of over 100 million people. Learn more at



Based in New York, BRAC USA is the North American affiliate of BRAC. BRAC USA provides comprehensive support to BRAC around the world by raising awareness about its work to empower the poor in 11 countries and mobilizing resources to support programs. BRAC USA works closely with its international counterparts to design and implement cost-effective and evidence-based poverty innovations worldwide. BRAC USA is an independent 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more at


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