Washington, D.C., September 30, 2008 – President George W. Bush has appointed Africare president Julius E. Coles to serve on the Board of Directors of the United States African Development Foundation.Ambassador Jendayi Frasier, Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of African Affairs and a part of this five-member prestigious board, officiated at the swearing-in ceremony.
“I am pleased and honored to have been offered an opportunity by President Bush to serve as a member of the African Development Foundation Board.” Coles stated reacting to his appointment. “This is an organization that I have tremendous respect for and have had the pleasure of seeing its accomplishments throughout Africa. I look forward to bringing my development experience to help the African Development Foundation to achieve its objectives and goals over the foreseeable future. ”
A U.S. Government agency dedicated to expanding access to economic opportunity in Africa, USADF currently operates in 18 African nations and has directly funded nearly 1,100 African projects representing over $150 million in support of African enterprises and local African communities. “We are excited to welcome Mr. Coles to our Board of Directors,” USADF President Lloyd Peterson said. “I am certain he will enhance USADF’s mission of working with marginalized groups in Africa.”
Coles assumed the position of President of Africare in June 2002. Most of his 42-year career has been in the foreign service as a senior official with the United States Agency for International Development in Swaziland, Senegal, Morocco, Liberia, Nepal, Vietnam and Washington, D.C. He has also been the director of Morehouse College’s Andrew Young Center for International Affairs and the director of Howard University’s Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center.
Among his many honors, Coles has received the Presidential Meritorious Service Award, the James Madison Medal Alumni Award from Princeton University, the Morehouse College National Alumnus of the Year Award, and was decorated by President Abdou Diouf of Senegal as Commander in the Order of Lion.
Africare is a leading non-profit organization specializing in African aid. It is also the oldest and largest African-American led organization in that field. Since its founding in 1970, Africare has delivered more than $710 million in assistance and support — over 2,500 projects and millions of beneficiaries — to 36 countries Africa-wide. Africare has its international headquarters in Washington, D.C., with field offices currently in some 23 African countries.