(Extensions of Remarks - September 13, 2012)

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[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E1519]
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                            HON. ADAM SMITH

                             of washington

                    in the house of representatives

                      Thursday, September 13, 2012

  Mr. SMITH of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I rise to honor and 
congratulate Jennifer Potter, the President and CEO of the Initiative 
for Global Development (IGD), on her retirement.
  Jennifer joined the group who would found IGD in 2003 with a goal to 
reduce global poverty through economic growth and investment. Under her 
leadership as President and CEO, the Seattle-based organization grew 
from an ambitious idea to a widely recognized international 
organization. Jennifer has also led IGD's efforts to direct more than 
$100 million in investments to the developing world and altered the way 
governments and businesses engage in these areas. Her recent focus on 
African communities has opened the door for employment opportunities 
and increased their access to various markets.
  Jennifer's true passion for non-profit work stems from her service in 
the Peace Corps and experience leading multiple urban planning and 
development organizations. She has also served on various boards of 
organizations focused on international policy. Her inspirational drive 
and vision will be difficult to replace, and her efforts to eliminate 
world hunger will always be remembered and appreciated.
  Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I recognize and 
congratulate Jennifer Potter on her retirement. I wish her the best in 
all her future endeavors.