Mandy Moore

My 5 Minutes with the President

Amanda Leigh “Mandy” Moore is an American singer-songwriter, actress and humanitarian. Moore, who has sold more than 10 million records worldwide, began her career with the release of her teen-oriented pop albums “So Real,” “I Wanna Be With You” and “Mandy Moore.” She took an adult pop-folk direction with the release of “Wild Hope” and her most recent album, “Amanda Leigh.” Moore branched out into film, starring in “A Walk to Remember,” “Chasing Liberty,” “Saved!” and “License to Wed.” Most recently, Moore provided the voice of Rapunzel in “Tangled.”

Moore joined the global health organization PSI in 2008 as an ambassador for its child survival programs, which provide children and their families with the education, products, services and care needed to improve their health and save lives in more than 30 countries around the world.

On her first trip with PSI, Moore helped launch the distribution of 3 million insecticide-treated mosquito nets to children suffering from malaria in Southern Sudan. In 2010 and 2011, she helped raise more than $2.2 million through the United Nations Foundation’s Nothing But Nets campaign to support nationwide net distribution in the Central African Republic and Cameroon. She visited both countries to launch the distribution and joined a bipartisan group of U.S. congressional staffers in Cameroon to learn how partnership plays a critical role in covering an entire country with long-lasting insecticide-treated mosquito nets. She has attended Clinton Global Initiative University and the Clinton Global Initiative and has been named a Young Global Shaper for the World Economic Forum.

ROBIN BRONK: If you had five minutes in the Oval Office with President Obama, what would you discuss with him? What issue would you like him to know about?

MANDY MOORE: Because of my work with the global health organization, PSI, I would discuss USAID and America’s investment in global health. I’d want to discuss how USAID is saving millions of lives by providing simple and cost-effective interventions, such as providing clean water or mosquito nets to prevent malaria. Americans are very generous people, so I’d also want to talk about the ancillary benefits of foreign aid — like building stronger economies and how global health efforts also support national security efforts. I’d also ask how I can be of better service.

RB: If you could give President Obama one piece of advice, what would that be?

MM: As I have a bit of a girl-crush on Michelle — my advice would be to try and maintain those date nights. Given their schedules, I would imagine it’s pretty tough.

RB: If you could ask President Obama one question, what would that be?

MM: I’d ask him what he’d like his legacy to be.

RB: What book would you offer to lend President Obama? Why?

MM: Definitely Nicholas Kristof’s Half the Sky. It’s such a powerful book, and the stories of the women are both heartbreaking and inspirational.

RB: If you were going to send the president to one place in the world for one day, where would that be? Why?

MM: Actually, one of the places I’ve learned the most about American generosity is on my recent trip to Cameroon. I’d send him to Yaounde, Cameroon, to witness the nationwide distribution of mosquito nets made possible through our contribution to the Global Fund.

RB: Would you ever consider a political career?

MM: Never say never, but right now I am enjoying learning more about politics and aid in my work with PSI.

Bronk is a seasoned Capitol Hill strategist and advocate. She started her career at The Creative Coalition, a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy group for the arts and entertainment industry, in July 1998. During her tenure as CEO, Bronk has taken The Creative Coalition from a New York-based entity to a national organization. www.thecreativecoalition.org