Statement of the National Endowment for Democracy on the Selection of Former Ambassador Derek Mitchell as New NDI President

The National Endowment for Democracy (NED) welcomes the announcement today that former Ambassador Derek Mitchell will be the next President of the National Democratic Institute (NDI), a core institute of the Endowment.

“Derek brings to NDI not only a wealth of experience but also a deep commitment to the core values that underpin democracy,” said NED President Carl Gershman.  “He is a respected leader whom we have known over the years, and we look forward to working even more closely with him now that he is back at NDI,” said Gershman, referring to Mitchell’s early service with NDI as a senior program officer in the mid 1990’s.

Mitchell, who served at U.S. Ambassador to Burma from 2012 – 2016, replaces Kenneth Wollack who has provided outstanding leadership as NDI’s president since 1993.

“Ken is greatly admired and liked by all of us at NED,” said Gershman. “We are grateful to him for his tremendous contribution to NDI, to the NED, and to the cause of democracy over more than three decades.”