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Weigh in: What will Raj Shah do after leaving USAID?

Shah already has a powerful political ally in the Pope. (Credit: USAID)

One of the worst-kept secrets in Washington is the political aspirations of United States Agency for International Development administrator Raj Shah. It is not really surprising either. At the age of 41, Shah has already held key positions in the U.S. government and at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Oh, and I forgot to mention that he is a medical doctor who graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and managed to get a degree in health economics from that little business school called Wharton.

With all that, and years of experience in the public sector, Shah is ripe for U.S. politics. His future in politics may be coming fast. The Washington Post reported earlier this week that Shah may announce he is stepping down from USAID, this week.

“These are nothing but rumors,” a USAID spokesman said to WaPo’s Colby Itkowitz, when we asked him about Shah’s plans. “Dr. Shah remains just as committed today to USAID’s important work and mission as he was five years ago when he began an ambitious reform agenda that has led to better, faster and more cost effective solutions to end global poverty on behalf of the American people.”

Will Shah step down this week? I don’t know. But I can be certain that he will not remain in this role forever.

So, in the spirit of fun, let’s try and guess what he will do after leaving USAID. What do you think Shah will do after USAID? For the sake of keeping it simple, let’s go with first major move. Leave your predictions in the comments section and I will revisit them when we finally know.

My prediction: He runs for Congress in the state of Virginia.

Here are a couple of other predictions from the crowd since writing this post:


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Tom Murphy

Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]