Weiss, Former Chairman of the Board, To Replace Retiring President Michael E. Doyle
September 21, 2010 (Silver Spring, MD) – CHF International (CHF), the Silver Spring, MD-based international development and humanitarian assistance organization, today announced that David A. Weiss has been named President and CEO, commencing October 1, 2010. Weiss, who served as Chairman of CHF’s Board of Trustees from 2008-2010, comes to this new position from the global law firm DLA Piper in Washington DC, where he has served as Senior Policy Advisor in the Government Affairs Group.
Weiss replaces Michael E. Doyle, who retires this month after 18 years of service as the organization’s President and CEO. Before that, Doyle served as Costa Rica country Director from 1985-92, totaling 25 years at CHF International.
“I am delighted that David has agreed to take on this important role,” said Doyle. “This is a critical point in our organization’s lifecycle, and David has the perfect blend of international and business experience. He understands our mission, has a clear vision for the future, and has the passion necessary to keep building CHF International as one of the world’s leading international development organizations.”
CHF is currently working in more than 25 countries around the world. The organization serves as a catalyst for long-lasting positive change in low- and moderate-income communities, helping those communities improve their social, economic, and environmental conditions. CHF was one of the first aid organizations on the ground in Haiti, and continues to lead the way in shelter development and rubble removal; they oversee the largest network of micro lending institutions in the Middle East; offer community-based health programs in Africa; and have innovative technology-based jobs creation programs in India, among many other global programs.
Under Doyle’s leadership, CHF experienced exponential growth, increasing average annual revenues from around $3 million per year in 1992 to an annual budget of around $300 million. The organization positively impacts over 20 million lives per year.
Weiss will focus his energies on building on CHF International’s achievements to ensure that CHF remains a stable, sustainable and successful international organization that can meet global development challenges in a rapidly evolving world. He aims to further raise CHF’s profile as thought leader and innovator by working with a broad range of donors and partners to implement programs at the community level that positively change lives and livelihoods.
“I feel honored and privileged to be taking on the role of President and CEO at CHF International,” said Weiss. “Under Mike Doyle’s leadership, CHF has made a significant impact on the communities it serves around the world. I have admired the organization’s work as a Board member and Chair, and now look forward to leading a hugely talented and dedicated team into the future.”
In his extensive experience in both the United States Government and the private sector, Weiss has successfully represented major industries seeking improved access to foreign markets as well as redress from unfair foreign trade practices. As a former U.S. trade negotiator and former Foreign Service Officer, Weiss has worked extensively with governments and industry in Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Asia on a wide variety of trade and foreign policy matters. Weiss spent 18 years in the federal government before leaving in 1997 to become a non-lawyer Principal at The Law Firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, McPherson and Hand which later merged with DLA Piper.
In his government career, Weiss served as the Assistant United States Trade Representative for North American Affairs, with primary responsibility for U.S. trade relations with Canada and Mexico and for NAFTA. He previously served in a variety of positions at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), including Executive Secretary of the agency, Executive Director for Policy Coordination, and Chairman of the interagency Trade Policy Staff Committee. Before serving at USTR, Weiss was a U.S. Foreign Service Officer for 10 years. His Foreign Service assignments included Senior Special Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of State, Country Officer for Bangladesh and Afghanistan, Staff Officer in the Office of the Secretary of State and Economic Officer in the American Embassy, Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He also served as Special Assistant to the Director of the Peace Corps and received the U.S. Department of State Superior Honor Award. Weiss has lived in the former Yugoslavia, India, Germany, Switzerland, Bangladesh and Haiti.
Weiss has served on the CHF International Board of Directors since 2002; in 2008, he became Chairman of the Board.