J. Brady Anderson

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Amb. J. Brady Anderson is a former director of World Vision International.

"Ambassador Brady Anderson was born in 1945 in Memphis, Tennessee. He was raised in Arkansas, close to the Mississippi River. He and his wife, Betty Wray Anderson, have been married for over 36 years and have two grown daughters, both of whom live in the United States.

"Ambassador Anderson served as the US Ambassador to Tanzania from 1994-1997. For six years prior to 1994, he was with the Summer Institute of Linguistics, an international organization that facilitates literacy and translation of mother-tongue materials worldwide. Ambassador Anderson worked for one year in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and for four years in Tanzania. Based in Arusha, he traveled in the northern half of Tanzania doing socio-linguistic surveys. He can speak Swahili.

"In addition to his linguistic experience, Ambassador Anderson, who holds a Juris Doctorate, has a background in both law and political science. Before leaving the United States to work in eastern Africa, he pursued a career as an attorney in Arkansas for twelve years. In particular, he was an Assistant Attorney General in the office of Arkansas Attorney General Bill Clinton from 1977-1979 and was Special Assistant to Governor Clinton from 1979-1981.

"Ambassador Anderson served as Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) from 1999-2001." [1]

"From 1982 to 1985, Anderson was law clerk to U.S. District Judge E. T. Roy in Little Rock, Ark. In 1981 he was an instructor in political science at the University of Arkansas in Little Rock.

"Ambassador Anderson's priorities were increasing emphasis on democracy-promotion with special concern in the Balkans; managing a deepening relationship with Egypt, Jordan, and the Palestinian Authority as a continuation of the Middle East Peace Process; placing growing resources into the HIV-AIDS pandemic n Africa; and seeking ways to achieve more accurate understanding by the American public of the purposes and methods of the US foreign aid program. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, a quasi-independent entity created by Congress to encourage US private investment in developing counties.

"A native of Helena, Arkansas, Anderson graduated from Rhodes College in Memphis in 1967 with a BA in Political Science. He worked in the office of US Senator J. William Fulbright, Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and served in the US Navy as an officer on board a destroyer, earning the Vietnam Service medal and Navy Commendation Medal. Ambassador Anderson is a 1973 graduate of the University of Arkansas School of law where he was an assistant editor of the Law Review. He is a member of the Council of American Ambassadors and the Board of Directors of World Vision (Seattle, WA), one of the world's largest humanitarian relief and development organizations. He is currently Chairman of the Board of the Wycliffe Bible Translators (Orlando, FL)." [2]

"Anderson, a Vietnam veteran, served three years as a naval officer and was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal in 1970." [1]

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  1. J. Brady Anderson, Council of American Ambassadors, accessed December 16, 2008.
  2. 2008 newsletter, accessed December 16, 2008.
  3. The Honorable J. Brady Anderson, CIPE, accessed December 16, 2008.