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Photograph by Justin Steele for Bloomberg BusinessweekRichard (Rick) Leach serves as president and chief executive officer of World Food Program USA (WFP USA), a nonprofit organization that builds support in the United States to end global hunger by engaging individuals and organizations, shaping public policy, and generating resources for WFP and other hunger relief operations. WFP USA educates members of Congress, the administration, and other government officials about international hunger issues and specific policies that could improve U.S. government efforts to address global hunger. WFP USA also advocates sufficient funding to ensure that U.S. government programs are reaching as many people as possible who are in need around the world. Leach established WFP USA (formerly Friends of the World Food Program) in 1997 and led the organization until 2004. He returned to lead it in 2010.
From 2006–2008, Leach developed the plan for the World Health Organization to halt the production and trading of counterfeit drugs. Leach also developed an initiative to help ensure that essential health technologies are incorporated in the health systems of developing countries.
From 2003–2005, Leach launched and directed a global campaign in collaboration with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, the World Health Organization, and the American Cancer Society. He served as chairman of the board of directors of the American Lung Association for the District of Columbia from 2004–2006 and is currently a member of the board of trustees of the United Mitochondrial Disease Foundation.