Conceived in 2012 to re-establish USAID's position as a thought leader in the international development space, Clay was part of the core leadership team behind the Frontiers in Development Forum which first occured in 2012 and was held again in 2014.


These Davos-style events for over 1,000 invited guests included leading U.S. and foreign government officials, NGO, academic and corporate global leaders and featured notable leaders including the Presidents of Kosovo, Liberia, Malawi and Tanzania; U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry; Graça Machel (her first overseas event following the death of Nelson Mandela); former Prime Minister Tony Blair; Admiral James Stavridis, USN Supreme Allied Commander of NATO as well as Fortune 500 C- Level leaders from companies including Citigroup, GlaxoSmithKline and Land O'Lakes.


Clay oversaw all logistics as well as coordinated efforts to design the forum's engagement plan to help secure funding from four private foundations (Gates, Rockefeller, Hewlett and MacArthur) that fully funded the event in 2012 and 2014.


His leadership and efforts earned Clay a USAID Superior Honor Award both years.