Topics: International relief and development, NGO management/development, Foreign Relations, Hunger issues, Religions, Peacekeeping, Global poverty
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Sam Worthington is President and CEO of InterAction, the nation’s largest alliance of relief and development nongovernmental organizations working overseas. InterAction members manage over $13 billion to promote development and help vulnerable populations. With over forty working groups, InterAction helps its members coordinate, establish best practices, and develop policy and advocacy positions on the wide range of topics that shape the US international NGO community. Mr. Worthington has served as the Vice Chair of InterAction’s Board of Directors, chaired its PVO Standards and Membership committee, and was co-chair of its Commission on the Advancement of Women. Previously, he served since 1994 as Chief Executive Officer of Plan USA. Plan is a global, 62 country, child-focused development NGO that impacts the lives of 12 million children. Mr. Worthington also sat on Plan’s global executive management team and chaired Plan’s national CEO team.

He currently is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and among various advisory roles for the United Nations and U.S. Government serves on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the UN, Advisory Council for Voluntary Foreign Assistance at USAID, Board of The Alliance to End Hunger and is an International Trustee of Religions for Peace. Mr. Worthington’s numerous leadership roles include the White House Task Force on Global Development and Poverty, Chairing the global NGO Impact Initiative on behalf of the office of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery (President Clinton), and as a founder of the Hope for African Children Initiative (HACI). He has also served on the steering committee of the NGO Leadership Forum at Harvard University.

Mr. Worthington has a Masters degree with distinction from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. As a Fulbright scholar he completed post graduate research at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva. He has received various awards (honorary doctorate, etc.) and engaged in a program on nonprofit leadership at the Harvard Business School.

Mr. Worthington has represented U.S. NGOs and their programs before the United States Congress, the administration, and numerous major media outlets, including the Washington Post, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR, PBS, CNN, AP, Reuters, AFP, and many other major national and international media.


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