Raymond C. Offenheiser leads the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD) in its mission to promote human development and dignity among people worldwide by overseeing and developing its academic, research, and public policy activities, as well as its strategy for long-term growth. Raymond identifies and cultivates critical, strategic partnerships between NDIGD and companies, federal agencies, foundations, and private philanthropists. Additionally, he represents NDIGD at local, national, and international events.
Raymond serves on the University of Notre Dame faculty as Distinguished Professor of the Practice and teaches graduate and undergraduate students in the Donald R. Keough School of Global Affairs, where he teaches a course on the Foundations of Sustainable Development. Raymond also serves on the Keough School’s Leadership Council. His research interests and areas of expertise include poverty alleviation, human rights, United States foreign policy, and international development.
Prior to joining Notre Dame in August 2017, Raymond was the president of Oxfam America, a Boston-based international relief and development agency and the U.S. affiliate of Oxfam International, for more than 20 years. Under his leadership, the agency grew more than eightfold and repositioned itself in the U.S. as an influential voice on international development, human rights and governance, humanitarianism, and foreign assistance.