January 26, 2012

OCDC Names Hazen Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council, of which ACDI/VOCA is a member, has named Paul Hazen its executive director, effective February 1. Hazen brings more than 30 years’ experience in international and domestic cooperative development to the organization. He recently stepped down as president and CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based National Cooperative Business Association (NCBA), the oldest national cooperative organization in the U.S. Under Hazen’s leadership, NCBA’s international cooperative development portfolio grew from $8 million annually to over $30 million.

Hazen is widely known for his cooperative expertise and often speaks at national and international forums on the role of cooperatives in community and economic development. In 2001, he was named CEO Communicator of the Year by the Cooperative Communicators Association.

Active in numerous cooperative organizations, Hazen serves as board member of the Consumer Federation of America and was a member and chair of the OCDC board. Hazen currently serves on the International Cooperative Alliance board of directors and chairs the United Nations International Year of the Cooperative steering committee.

OCDC Board Chair Tom Verdoorn, Land O’Lakes, Inc., said, “We’re delighted to have Paul leading OCDC. He brings to the organization a wealth of cooperative experience and an in-depth knowledge of cooperative international development. This year will be particularly exciting for OCDC, its members and Paul as we launch the International Year of Cooperatives.”

OCDC brings together organizations committed to building a more prosperous world through cooperatives. Its mission is to champion, advocate and promote effective international cooperative development. OCDC members are global leaders in cooperative development in Africa, Latin America and Asia. With projects in over 70 countries the OCDC members implement the largest portfolio of cooperative development programs in the world.

OCDC's members are: ACDI/VOCA, CHF International, Cooperative Resources International, Communications Cooperative International, HealthPartners, Land O'Lakes International Development, National Cooperative Business Association, NRECA and the World Council of Credit Unions.

Learn more about the role of cooperatives in ACDI/VOCA's international development efforts: ACDI/VOCA Celebrates Launch of International Year of Cooperatives.

Visit OCDC's website: www.ocdc.coop.