ADRA International Board Votes Leadership Change

SILVER SPRING, Md.- The Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) International Board of Directors met June 24 and removed Dr. Rudi Maier as president and executive director of ADRA International with immediate effect, announcing the formation of a search committee to find a replacement.

“Making a change in the leadership of any dynamic organization can bring challenges but also a newfound vitality and we have the utmost confidence in our ADRA employees, our supporters and NGO partners and commit that we will move forward even stronger to continue delivering our services with skill, compassion and excellence on an international scale,” said Geoffrey Mbwana, Chairman of the ADRA International Board of Directors.

In the interim, the board has appointed a senior administrator to serve in an acting capacity. Confirmation of his acceptance is pending. The ADRA International Board appointed a search committee of seven individuals comprised of current ADRA International staff, ADRA network employees and board members.

Mbwana added, “It is the constituency that ADRA serves – the poor, the hungry, the widow, the orphan – that we must stay attentive to in doing our work. As our Mission Statement affirms, ‘the agency’s work seeks to improve the quality of life of those in need. ADRA invests in the potential of these individuals through community development initiatives targeting Food Security, Economic Development, Primary Health and Basic Education’ among other portfolios of action.”

ADRA currently implements its programs in more than 100 countries around the world through its extensive network of offices. ADRA continues to be a leading worldwide humanitarian organization with more than 6,000 employees world wide implementing over $150 million in funded projects. ADRA consistently meets the exacting standards for charitable accountability established by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and features the BBB Wise Giving Alliance seal on its website.

ADRA’s mission is to work with people in poverty and distress to create just and positive change through empowering partnerships and responsible action. ADRA continues to be a professional, learning and efficient network that embodies integrity and transparency, reaching across boundaries empowering and speaking out for the at-risk and forgotten to achieve measurable, documented and durable changes in lives and society.