Rajiv Shah, U.S. Agency for International Development, Administrator
Topic: Guest will talk about Friday’s announcement of the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition, a partnership between the G8, African nations and private industry designed to help sub-Saharan Africa. He’ll also talk about USAID’s role in food security, funding for food programs, and the future of international development.
Hector Barreto, The Latino Coalition Chairman and Former Administrator, Small Business Administration, 2001-06
Topic: National Small Business Week in Washington DC will is hosted by the Small Business Administration May 20 – May 26. President Obama and Gov Romney speak of and praise small businesses and the small business owner in their speeches and campaign events. The small business owner/employee is an important voter demographic. Recent and current tax, unemployment, financial and economic issues greatly impact small businesses.
Carolyn Kousky, Resources for the Future Fellow
Topic: Guest will discuss the National Flood Insurance Program, which allows insurers to purchase flood insurance policies through select companies. Last week, the House voted to extend the program for 30 days, the latest in a string of short-term extensions. While the program is designed to be sustained by policies written by private insurers (and backed by the federal government), the program is in debt due to past flooding disasters.