C.D. Glin is the President & CEO of the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), an independent agency established by Congress to support and invest in African owned and led enterprises which improve lives and livelihoods in poor and vulnerable African communities. USADF has approximately $60 million invested in more than 500 African community and social enterprises. With 100 plus staff members, offices, and operations in approximately 20 countries, USADF utilizes the principles of venture philanthropy, in providing direct grant funding seed capital, and local implementation and advisory assistance to start-ups and early stage African agricultural, off-grid energy and youth-led social enterprises and grassroots cooperatives.
Prior to leading USADF, from 2011-2016, Glin was based in Nairobi, Kenya with the Rockefeller Foundation as the Associate Director for the Africa Region supporting the agriculture, social enterprise and impact investing portfolios. From 2009-2011, he was a White House appointee in the Obama Administration serving as the first Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Global Partnerships for the Peace Corps. Previously, as Vice President, Business Development for PYXERA Global, Glin managed supply chain, local economic development, employee engagement and CSR efforts for Fortune 100 companies and earlier in his career consulted for the State Department, USAID and the World Bank while living in Ghana and Nigeria.
Glin served as a volunteer in the first Peace Corps South Africa group, during the Presidency of Nelson Mandela. He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Howard University; a Master’s Certificate in Business Management from Tulane University and a Master’s Level Diploma in Strategy and Innovation from University of Oxford. Glin was a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations and in 2011, he was designated by the White House as a “Champion of Change” for his contributions to international service and civic participation.