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Our vision:

A World Without Hunger

WFP USA works together with WFP to solve hunger globally through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

World Food Program USA works to solve global hunger, building a world where everyone has the food and nutrition needed to lead healthy, productive lives.

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is the world's largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger worldwide, reaching more than 80 million people in 82 countries with food assistance last year. World Food Program USA builds support for WFP through fundraising, advocacy and education in the United States.

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2014 was a challenging year. But through it all, we witnessed resilience, growth, possibility and hope.

Board of Directors

Chairman:

Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden

Chairman

Hunter Biden became Chairman of the Board at World Food Program USA in 2012 after serving on the organization's Board since 2009. Prior to that, he worked on the Board of Directors of Amtrak for three years. In 1998, President Clinton appointed him to the U.S. Department of Commerce as Executive Director of E-Commerce Policy Coordination. He is currently a partner at the investment advisory company Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC and also serves as Counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a New York based-law firm. Biden also worked as Honorary Co-Chair of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. He is a founding member of the law firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP. He received a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a J.D. from Yale Law School. He is married and has three daughters, Naomi, Finnegan and Maisy.

Vice Chair:

Bonnie Raquet

Bonnie Raquet

Vice Chair

Bonnie Raquet served as Cargill’s Corporate Vice President, Corporate Affairs from 2000 until her retirement in 2011, after 29 years of service. In that role she led Cargill’s worldwide corporate affairs activities, including government relations, public relations, brand management, marketing services, government sales and corporate social responsibility, as well as representing Cargill’s global policy interests. Raquet joined Cargill in 1982 as an attorney in its Minneapolis headquarters. After serving as an attorney for Cargill International, S.A. in Geneva, Switzerland from 1985-1987, she returned to Minneapolis and was named senior attorney, leading the international trading, business conduct and maritime legal practices. From 1996-2000, she managed the company’s government and international relations office in Washington, DC, and also served as president of Cargill Technical Services, Inc., the company’s international economic development subsidiary.   

Raquet was appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture and the USTR to the Agricultural Policy Advisory Committee for Trade in 2008. In addition to serving as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of The World Food Program USA, Raquet currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Thrivent Financial, and TechnoServe, Inc.  She also serves as vice-chair on both the Board of Directors of Valparaiso University and the Board of Trustees of The Luther Seminary Foundation. 

Raquet received a bachelor’s degree in history from Valparaiso University, a master’s degree in American history from Cleveland State University and her J.D. (cum laude) from the University of Minnesota Law School. 

Immediate Past Chair

Randy Russell

Randy Russell

Immediate Past Chair

Randy Russell is President and partner in the agricultural and food consulting firm of The Russell Group. Throughout his career, Russell has served in a number of agricultural policy positions, both inside and outside of government including Chief of staff for Secretary of Agriculture John R. Block,  Deputy assistant secretary for economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture,  Vice president for agriculture and trade policy, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, Director of government relations for The Pillsbury Company, 1981 Farm Bill coordinator for the USDA, serving as assistant to Secretary of Agriculture John R. Block, Agricultural legislative assistant to Sen. Rudy Boschwitz and Economist for the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry.  Russell received a bachelor’s degree in public administration and a master’s degree in economics from George Mason University, where he did his undergraduate work in public administration and graduate studies in economics.

Russell and his wife Beth live in McLean, VA, and have five children. Randy has been actively involved in the Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program in Northern Virginia, where he has served as a Big Brother for 10 years and as president, vice president and treasurer of the Northern Virginia Council of Big Brothers/Big Sisters. He also served on the board of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of the National Capital Area. Together with his wife, Beth, the Russells are co-founders of The Golden Phoenix Foundation, which is focused on addressing the issue of childhood abandonment around the world.

Secretary/Treasurer:

Carl Stern

Carl Stern

Secretary/Treasurer

Carl Stern is Chairman of Carl W. Stern Associates, LLC. He advises clients on business and corporate strategy, organization design and leadership succession. He founded Carl W. Stern Associates LLC on his retirement from Goldman Sachs, where he served as vice chairman of the Investment Banking Division. Carl spent 37 years with The Boston Consulting Group (BCG), a global management consulting firm widely recognized as the pioneer in the field of corporate strategy. He served as president and CEO of BCG for six years and chairman for the ensuing eight.

Carl has devoted his career to client service, assisting a number of global companies – consumer, industrial and financial – in developing competitive strategies for their businesses and in shaping their corporate portfolios and organizations. Clients with whom his involvement has become public knowledge include Northern Trust, Kraft, S.C. Johnson, PepsiCo, General Electric and Goldman Sachs.

Carl spends approximately a quarter of each year in Asia. He has published several articles in BCG's widely read Perspectives series and is co-author of BCG on Strategy. He is an experienced speaker who also serves on the boards of the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City and the World Food Program USA. He is a trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Rush University Medical Center and a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago and The Chicago Club.

Carl served in the U.S. Navy as a lieutenant. He earned his BA cum laude in economics from Harvard in 1968 and his MBA from Stanford in 1974.

Members

Larry Darrow

Larry Darrow

Board Member

Larry Darrow is UPS’s President and Group Manager of Global Business Services (GBS) responsible for managing transactional processes related to Customer Experience, Finance & Accounting, Information Services, and Human Resources. GBS is focused on streamlining transactional processes, prioritizing initiatives across the organization and delivering enterprise-wide solutions with the primary goals of creating and redesigning processes, enabling self-service, and improving business flexibility, time-to-market, innovation and customer experience. 

Darrow chairs numerous cross-functional UPS committees that shape customer experience and has transitioned numerous segregated customer support centers into a consolidated and reliable global network spanning all geographic and business unit boundaries operating with consistent training, systems and processes.

A native of Akron, OH, Darrow began his UPS career in 1981 as a seasonal part-time package handler while attending the University of Cincinnati, where he received a Bachelor degree in Administrative Management. He also completed the University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business studies in Advanced Management. 

In his 31-year career with UPS, he has held various global positions of increasing responsibility in operations, sales, training, strategy and customer service. After various assignments throughout the United States and Europe, Darrow became the Europe Region Business Development Managing Director where he integrated UPS Europe’s sales organization through 21 company acquisitions. As Vice President of Sales Strategy, Darrow effectively synchronized the sales force to represent one company when UPS broadened its logistics portfolio by acquiring Menlo and Overnite Transportation to add freight forwarding and LTL services.

Hon. Robert Dole

Hon. Robert Dole

Board Member

Hon. Robert Dole is special counsel in Alston & Bird LLP’s Washington, DC, office. A renowned statesman, Sen. Dole was elected to Congress from his home state of Kansas in 1960 and to the U.S. Senate in 1968. He gained national prominence as chairman of the Republican National Committee from 1971 to 1972. In 1976, President Gerald Ford tapped him to be his vice presidential running mate. Elected Senate Majority Leader in 1984, Sen. Dole set a record as the nation’s longest serving Republican leader. He resigned from the Senate in 1996 to pursue his campaign for the presidency of the United States.

Dole is national chairman of the World War II Memorial Campaign and the former chairman of the International Commission on Missing Persons in former Yugoslavia. Following Sept. 11, he joined former President Bill Clinton in helping to raise over $100 million as co-chair of the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which enables families of victims to attend a college or trade school of their choice. Dole also serves as president of the influential Federal City Council in Washington, DC, and is honorary co-chair of the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, a part of the USA Freedom Corps.

In 1997, Dole received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor, which is awarded by the president to persons deemed to have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interest of the United States, to world peace or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. His other celebrated honors include the American Legion’s prestigious Distinguished Service Medal; the Horatio Alger Award from Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc.; the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Award; and the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s Theodore Roosevelt Award.

Dole’s record of public service includes numerous distinguished appointments, including advisor, U.S. delegation to the Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations, 1965, 1968, 1974, 1975, 1977, 1979; member, Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1977; member, National Commission on Social Security Reform, 1983; member, U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, 1970, 1973; advisor, U.S. Delegation to Study the Arab Refugee Problem, 1967; and advisor, President’s Delegation to Study the Food Crisis in India, 1966.

His personal history of service includes active duty in World War II, during which he was gravely wounded and received for heroic achievement two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star with one oak leaf cluster.

Hon. Jo Ann Emerson

Hon. Jo Ann Emerson

Board Member

Jo Ann Emerson is the fifth CEO in the history of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, whose members in 47 states provide electric service to 42 million Americans.

Prior to joining NRECA, she served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1996 to 2013 for the Eighth Congressional District of Missouri.  There, she chaired the Subcommittee on Financial Services Appropriations and led numerous rural and economic development initiatives on behalf of her constituents.  She co-chaired the bipartisan Congressional Hunger Caucus and served on the Board of the Congressional Hunger Center.

Jo Ann is married to Ron Gladney, and they share the joy of eight children and four grandchildren.

Tony Fratto

Tony Fratto

With two decades of broad experience in Washington, DC, Tony Fratto has earned a reputation as a trusted and authoritative voice on economic, legal, political and public policy issues.

Tony is an on-air contributor with the CNBC Business News Network addressing current economic policy issues, and his columns can be found on CNBC.com. He is also a member of the Center for Global Development’s Partners Council.

After serving as Assistant Secretary in the U.S. Treasury Department, Tony moved to the White House in September 2006 as Deputy Assistant to the President and Principal Deputy Press Secretary. He worked directly with the President and senior Administration officials, the national press corps, opinion leaders, and foreign news media, regularly briefed reporters from the White House podium and participated in on-camera cable and network interviews. Tony was the White House communicator responsible for international and domestic economic policy issues — including international trade; global financial markets; banking; and international development and global health issues. He was also the White House’s lead spokesman on legal issues; Supreme Court cases; U.S. intelligence issues; terrorist financing; and financial crimes.

Before moving to the White House, Tony served as the U.S. Treasury Department’s chief spokesman on issues related to domestic finance, debt management, banking, international economics and international development policy. He was instrumental in leading the Administration’s communications strategy in dealing with emerging market financial crises, currency policy, macroeconomic policy, and tax policy. Tony assisted three U.S. Treasury secretaries on activities ranging from preparation for G7 and G20 finance ministers meetings, IMF and World Bank meetings, congressional testimony, media interviews, and speeches. Combining his work at the Treasury and the White House, Tony directed and participated in communications efforts in more than 60 countries around the world.

Before joining the Bush Administration, Tony served as a communications specialist for the Bush-Cheney campaign. Prior to that he served as Vice President of Government Affairs for the Pittsburgh Regional Alliance, where he led successful public affairs and issue campaigns resulting in important infrastructure investments and legislative policy changes in Pennsylvania. Earlier in his career, he served in senior legislative and communications positions in the U.S. Congress and Senate, and as a political director to Pennsylvania Governor Tom Ridge.

Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Tony received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh, and attended the university’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. He lives in Washington, DC with his wife, Judy, and their young children, Antonio and Juliette.

Hon. Dan Glickman

Hon. Dan Glickman

Board Member

Hon. Dan Glickman is a senior fellow at the Bipartisan Policy Center, a non-profit organization established to develop and promote bipartisan solutions that can attract public support and political momentum in order to achieve real progress. He was also chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc., (MPAA) from 2004-2010.

Prior to joining the MPAA, Glickman was the director of the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government (2002-2004). He also served as senior advisor to the law firm of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld in Washington, DC.

Glickman served as U.S. secretary of agriculture March 1995 until January 2001. Under his leadership, the Department administered farm and conservation programs; modernized food-safety regulations; forged international trade agreements to expand U.S. markets; and improved its commitment to fairness and equality in civil rights.

Before his appointment as secretary of agriculture, Glickman served for 18 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, representing the 4th Congressional District of Kansas. During that time, he was a member of the House Agriculture Committee, including six years as chairman of the subcommittee with jurisdiction over federal farm policy issues. Moreover, he was an active member of the House Judiciary Committee; chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; and a leading congressional expert on general aviation policy.

Before his election to Congress in 1976, Glickman served as president of the Wichita, Kan., school board; was a partner in the law firm of Sargent, Klenda and Glickman; and worked as a trial attorney at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. He received his B.A. in history from the University of Michigan and his J.D. from The George Washington University. He is a member of the Kansas and The District of Columbia Bars.

Glickman serves as The Chicago Council on Global Affairs co-chair of the Global Agriculture Development Project (with Catherine Bertini). He is a former member of the international advisory board of The Coca-Cola Co. He has been a senior fellow and part-time instructor in the public policy departments at Georgetown University and Wichita State University and is a lecturer on public policy at Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.
 

Matthew Harrington

Matthew Harrington

Board Member

Matthew Harrington, President and Chief Executive Officer of Edelman Public Relations, has more than 20 years experience in public and financial relations, counseling both U.S. and international companies. He is president of the U.S. operations and is a specialist in corporate positioning and reputation management. Expertise includes crisis communications, merger and acquisition activity, initial public offerings, and the establishment of investor relations programs for companies in a variety of industries.

Currently, Matthew provides corporate and/or issues management counsel to a range of clients, including, GE, Brown Brothers Harriman, Charles Schwab & Company, Samsung, Starbucks and UPS.

In 1996, he managed crisis communications for Odwalla, Inc. during a recall of their apple juice throughout seven states and British Columbia. Based on the work for Odwalla, Matthew was awarded the Silver Anvil for Crisis Communications from The Public Relations Society of America. This program also received the Silver Anvil for “Best Communications Program for 1996” and the International Public Relations Association’s Golden Award.

Prior to joining the San Francisco office, Matthew was vice president and director of Investor Relations in Edelman’s New York Corporate and Financial Communications divisions. In New York, he counseled Fleet Financial Corp., Visa International, Fleet Mortgage, Medco, Perkin-Elmer, American Medical Response, Inc., The Putnam Companies, and other financial services and industrial companies. Previously, he was with an international financial communications consultancy, where as vice president, he managed investor relations and corporate communications programs for U.S. and non-U.S. companies, including Rhone-Poulenc Rorer, The Zweig Funds, Alliance Capital and Nestle.

Matthew holds a Bachelor of Arts (English literature) from Denison University. He and his family live in Bronxville, New York.
 

Marshall Matz, Esq

Marshall Matz, Esq

Board Member

Marshall Matz is a principal with OFW Law and specializes in food, nutrition, and agriculture; he entered practice in 1980, and joined the firm in 1992. He has devoted his career to representing clients that are increasing food production and improving human nutrition in the United States and around the world. In addition to his law practice, Marshall serves on the Board of Directors of the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), World Food Program USA (which he co-founded), the Congressional Hunger Center and the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Farm Corporation. Marshall also served as Chairman of the Agriculture Committee of the Obama for America presidential campaign.

After working with South Dakota Legal Services helping to provide representation to Native Americans, Marshall spent seven years on Capitol Hill as Counsel to the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry and the Select Committee on Nutrition.

Marshall was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and received his B.A. from the University of Connecticut in 1968. He received his J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1971. He was admitted to the Connecticut Bar in 1971, South Dakota Federal and Tribal Courts in 1972, and the District of Columbia Bar in 1979. He is currently a member of the District of Columbia Bar as well as the Connecticut and American Bar Associations.

Joe Stone

In Memoriam

Samuel “Sandy” Berger

Samuel “Sandy” Berger

Samuel "Sandy" Berger was Co-Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, involved across nearly all of the firm's engagements and regions, with a strong focus on Asia, Russia and Central Asia and the Middle East.

Mr. Berger had a distinguished career in both the public and private sectors. As former National Security Advisor, Mr. Berger was pivotal in shaping America's role in the post-Cold War era. Through his efforts to build relations with China, managing financial crises in Asia and Latin America, driving critical peace negotiations in the Balkans and the Middle East, and expanding foreign trade, he worked closely with leaders around the world.

Mr. Berger's extensive relationship and knowledge of global issues was further strengthened by his corporate background with the Washington law firm of Hogan & Hartson, where he headed the firm's international trade group. Earlier, Mr. Berger served as Deputy Director of the State Department's Policy Planning Staff, Special Assistant to former New York City Mayor John Lindsay and Legislative Assistant to former U.S. Senator Harold Hughes (IA) and Congressman Joseph Resnick (NY).

Hon. George McGovern

Hon. George McGovern

In Memoriam

Hon. George McGovern was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1956, where he represented South Dakota. He served in the House until 1960, when President Kennedy appointed him the first director of the U.S. Food for Peace Program and special assistant to the president. First elected to the Senate in 1962, he was re-elected in 1968 and 1974. He served on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; and the Joint Economic Committee. He was chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs, which developed the highly regarded Dietary Goals for the American People.

In 1972, McGovern was the Democratic nominee for President. In 1976, he was appointed by President Gerald Ford as the delegate to the 31st session of the General Assembly of the United Nations. He was subsequently appointed by President Jimmy Carter as a delegate to the United Nations in 1978 for the Special Session on Disarmament. In July 1991, McGovern became president of the Middle East Policy Council, an educational organization founded to promote better understanding of the Middle East. From 1998 to 2001, he served as the United States ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in Rome.

McGovern also envisioned and led an effort, in collaboration with longtime colleague Senator Robert Dole, to establish a U.S. government global school feeding program. Named the McGovern-Dole International Food for Education and Child Nutrition Program in honor of their efforts, this program now provides school meals to approximately 5 million children worldwide. McGovern currently serves on World Food Program USA’s Board of Directors and also serves as the World Food Program’s Goodwill Ambassador.

McGovern has served as a professor of history at Dakota Wesleyan University and as a visiting professor at Columbia University, the University of Pennsylvania, Northwestern University, The University of New Orleans, American University, The George Washington University, the University of Innsbruck (Austria), Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich and the Free University of Berlin. He is the author of seven books and numerous articles for leading journals and magazines.

As a pilot of a B-24 bomber in the European Theater during World War II, McGovern flew 35 missions and was decorated with the Distinguished Flying Cross.

Our Staff

Richard Leach

Richard Leach

President and CEO

Rick Leach serves as president and CEO of World Food Program USA, a non-profit organization that shapes U.S. public policy and generates resources to address global hunger.

Over his career, Leach has tackled major social issues at a wide range of organizations across the public and private sectors, including the World Health Organization and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He has worked with Members of Congress, administration officials, international development agencies and corporate leaders to establish new organizations or adapt existing agencies that more effectively address social issues, from environmental protections to counterfeit drug trafficking to childhood immunizations. 

Leach has launched and directed successful global campaigns in collaboration with the World Health Organization at the request of Congress for the International Conference on Tobacco and Children, which identified policies that were later adopted by national governments and industry leaders. The Living Planet Campaign, which he led for the World Wildlife Fund, mobilized the planet’s largest private forest owner to adopt sustainable standards for harvesting timber. At the World Health Organization, Leach developed a plan to halt the production and trade of counterfeit drugs. At the Alliance for Representative Democracy, he expanded a campaign to ensure that civic education is included within the curriculum of all public schools in the U.S. In 1993, he was appointed by the Clinton Administration to create and direct the federal government’s childhood immunization campaign at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Within three years, the campaign helped boost the nation’s childhood immunization rate from 50 percent to 80 percent.

Leach’s passion to solve global hunger began nearly 25 years ago, when he served on the foreign policy staff of the U.S. House of Representatives’ Select Committee on Hunger. In 1997, Leach established WFP USA (formerly Friends of the World Food Program). Since then, he has traveled across the world to witness firsthand the effect of chronic hunger on communities struggling to survive poverty, conflict and natural disaster.

Learn more about Leach’s career.

President and CEO

Communications

M.J. Altman

M.J. Altman

Editorial Director

As Editorial Director, M.J. Altman oversees the organization's multimedia projects, reports, op-eds and communications outreach. Prior to joining WFP USA, M.J. worked as a writer-reporter for TIME magazine in New York, where she covered a wide variety of issues, including social justice, politics and the environment. She has also worked at the Smithsonian Institution, where she researched, wrote and pitched stories about indigenous history, art and culture as a public affairs producer. In addition to TIME and the Smithsonian, her work has been featured on MSNBC, CNN, The Huffington Post, the Associated Press and National Geographic. M.J. received degrees in News-Editorial Journalism and Sociology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Editorial Director

Erin Cochran

Erin Cochran

Vice President of Communications

Erin Cochran joined WFP USA in April 2013 as Communications Director and assumed the role of Vice President in July 2014. Erin leads a dynamic communications team that focuses on raising support for solving global hunger through the promotion of advocacy and fundraising initiatives.Prior to WFP USA, Erin served as Vice President & Director of Communications at Albright Stonebridge Group, where she was the on-the-record spokesperson for former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. During her tenure, Erin managed foreign and domestic trip development, event planning, a domestic and international book tour, and media relations for Dr. Albright, including travel to more than 13 countries and 15 U.S. states. Previously, Erin served as Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s Deputy Director of New Media, where she was responsible for rapid response outreach to bloggers covering the Senate. Erin holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with honors from the College of Wooster. 

Vice President of Communications

Aliya Karim

Aliya Karim

Social Media Editor

As Social Media Editor, Aliya Karim manages WFP USA's web and social media presence, along with other communication priorities. Before joining WFP USA, she served as a Fellow at the digital marketing agency, Bully Pulpit Interactive, where she storyboarded and drafted online ads, graphics, emails and petitions for numerous clients. She also served as Communications and Marketing Assistant at The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, where she managed the school's website, social media, blog and emails. Aliya earned her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and her Master's Degree in Media and Public Affairs, both from The George Washington University.

Social Media Editor

Ash Kosiewicz

Ash Kosiewicz

Content Producer

As Content Producer, Ash Kosiewicz is responsible for creating a wide variety of digital and offline content — including blogs, audio stories, and long-form features — to inspire action through smart and creative storytelling. Before coming to WFP USA, Ash spearheaded donor communications in support of domestic micro finance efforts as Director of Communications with the Accion U.S. Network. Since 2009, he has also worked in a variety of roles with the DC-based Latino Economic Development Center, including as Director of Communications and Advocacy where he worked closely with the Latino community to fund and support local wealth-building programs across the DC metro area. Ash earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Bachelor of Arts in Government from the University of Texas at Austin and a Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University.

Content Producer

Development

Marcela Aguirre

Marcela Aguirre

Associate, Digital Fundraising and Operations

As Associate, Digital Fundraising and Operations, Marcela Aguirre is responsible for engaging donors and increasing funding through digital campaigns. Marcela comes to WFP USA from the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, where she worked as an office and database administrator. Prior to her time at USGLC, she interned in the Office of Congressman Beto O’Rourke (TX-16), working primarily on foreign policy and U.S.-Mexico border issues. Marcela holds an M.A. in International Affairs from Boston University and a B.A., summa cum laude, in Communication Studies with a minor in French from The University of Texas at El Paso.

Associate, Digital Fundraising and Operations

Marianne Berner

Marianne Berner

Vice President for Development

Marianne Berner joined the WFP USA team in April 2013 as Senior Director of Development, and assumed the role of Vice President in late July. Marianne leads an energetic team of development professionals who are dedicated to engaging corporate partners, foundations and individuals in WFP’s efforts to fight hunger around the world.

Marianne’s 25-year career in nonprofit development and campaign management has encompassed healthcare services and medical research, the expansion of a national military history museum, and a major national education and outreach program.

Most recently, Marianne served as a member of the leadership team for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES). As one of the Smithsonian’s four national outreach programs, SITES has more than 50 exhibitions on tour in nearly 250 communities at any given time, making it the world’s largest traveling exhibition service. In her capacity as development director, she spearheaded an effort to partner with a major corporation to provide funding to develop a 1,000 square foot interactive science exhibition that will travel the country on an 18-wheel truck. This unique exhibition addresses the complex bonds between humans and animals, and features a behind-the-scenes look at animal care and research at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo.

Prior to the Smithsonian, Marianne served as a senior member of the capital campaign team and as Vice President of Institutional Advancement at The National World War II Museum in New Orleans, LA – leading a national fundraising effort in support of a $300 million capital expansion project. She witnessed the incredible compassion and generosity of people throughout the country for rebuilding the City of New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. In the years that followed, Marianne worked closely with a committed staff and Board of Trustees to engage major national corporations, foundations and individuals in support of the expansion of the museum campus, resulting in the opening of a theater and entertainment complex, and major funding to construct the U.S. Freedom Pavilion: The Boeing Center – a towering 95-foot pavilion featuring an iconic B-17 and other macro artifacts of World War II.

Having worked with nonprofit boards throughout her entire career, Marianne recognizes and appreciates the tremendous impact that volunteerism has on our society and currently serves as a member of Georgetown University Hospital Pediatrics Advisory Board, and has recently joined the Board of Gesher Jewish Day School. She and her husband, Todd, live in Fairfax Station, VA and Glenview, IL, and are parents to five kids.

Vice President for Development

Reylaura Cantave

Reylaura Cantave

Associate, Digital Stewardship and Cultivation

As an Associate for Digital Stewardship and Cultivation, Reylaura Cantave is responsible for maintaining good relations with donors, while effectively cultivating new constituents to gather U.S. support for WFP.  Prior to joining WFP USA, Reylaura served numerous roles with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), in Chad as Donor Relations Officer, in Cameroon as Reports Officer, and in Rome supporting the Constitutional Law Department with Due-Diligence. She was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti and permanently immigrated to the United States as an adolescent. Following the 2010 catastrophic earthquake in her native country, she has had strong involvement in humanitarian projects for relief assistance. Reylaura holds a Master's degree in International Relations accented on International Law & Diplomacy at St. John's University alongside a Bachelor's degree in Economics with minors in French Literature and Music Business at the University of Miami. Reylaura has dedicated research experiences on International Law and Policy matters in India and Morocco, and she continues to care about human rights, philanthropy, education, and reformation. 

Associate, Digital Stewardship and Cultivation

Charles Fromm

Charles Fromm

Development Writer

As Development Writer, Charles Fromm drafts proposals, reports, concept notes and organizational pieces for WFP USA's donors. Charles also works across departments in a consultative and coordination role, utilizing his field experience and communications background. Previously, he served as Communications and Reporting Officer for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and as a consultant for the United Nations Refugee Works Agency, both based in Jerusalem. An accomplished photographer, Charles earned his Bachelor's Degree in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and his Master's Degree in International Affairs from The New School University.

Development Writer

Meghan Gannon

Meghan Gannon

Development Associate

As the Development Associate, Meghan Gannon assists with volunteer and employee engagement, schedules visits, maintains calendars and manages internal communications with other staff as it relates to fundraising and development activities. Prior to coming to WFP USA, she worked on Capitol Hill as a scheduler for Congressman Henry Cuellar (TX-28) where she managed the Member's calendar and travel, coordinated events and logistics in DC and the district and acted as a liaison between the Member and committee staff, the White House and government agencies. Meghan has also worked on the Americas Regional Development team at the International Baccalaureate Organization (IB) in Bethesda, MD. While there she was involved in planning the annual regional conference by maintaining the conference website and worked with universities by creating and providing them with information on what the IB is and how best to recognize students' work. Meghan earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from The Ohio State University.

Development Associate

Zeenia Irani

Zeenia Irani

Major Gifts Officer

In her position as Major Gifts Officer, Zeenia Irani is responsible for helping to mobilize U.S. support for WFP. Prior to joining WFP USA, she served as the Entrepreneurship and Innovation Officer for the United Nations Foundation (UNF), where she managed partnerships related to the work of the Global Entrepreneurs Council by bringing together some of the brightest entrepreneurs under 45 to take the UN and UNF to the next level of innovation and impact. Before joining UNF, Zeenia worked as the Major Gifts Officer for the American Association of People with Disabilities, where she raised $1.6 million annually to fund programs contributing to the socio-economic success of people with disabilities, and even earlier she worked on the finance teams for a variety of political candidates and politicians across the United States. Zeenia is a proud Californian who graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a double major in Political Science and International Relations and is of Zoroastrian descent, caring deeply about human rights, social good, philanthropy and politics.

Major Gifts Officer

Keri Kae Nacin

Keri Kae Nacin

Director of Philanthropy

As Director of Philanthropy, Keri Kae Nacin oversees WFP USA's individual giving programs and is responsible for stewarding gifts entrusted to the organization by the American public. Prior to joining WFP USA in 2012, she served in resource development roles for international development organizations CARE and the UN Foundation. In these roles, she managed major gift donor programs and designed donor engagement opportunities, including special events and visits to the field to witness donor impact firsthand. Keri Kae is a CFRE, a graduate of The George Washington University, and gives back to her community by serving on the boards of various nonprofits in the DC area.

Director of Philanthropy

Joanie O'Sullivan

Joanie O'Sullivan

Stewardship Coordinator

As Stewardship Coordinator, Joanie O'Sullivan processes all incoming gifts, strengthens donor relations and facilitates data integrity for WFP USA. Prior to this position, Joanie served as NBC's News Desk Assistant by researching issues in international affairs and domestic politics. She also completed a development fellowship with Polaris Project, where she coordinated donor events, performed corporate outreach and completed grant research. Joanie graduated from The George Washington University with a Bachelor's Degree in Comparative Political, Economic and Social Systems.

Stewardship Coordinator

Dan Reed

Dan Reed

Director, Digital Fundraising and Engagement

As Director, Digital Fundraising & Engagement, Dan oversees WFP USA's digital fundraising, outreach and engagement programs and is responsible for managing the efforts of the digital fundraising team, leveraging digital technology to engage and steward our supporters and increase funding in support of our mission. Dan has worked in digital philanthropy since 2006, first at Us TOO International Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network, focused on peer-to-peer fundraising, supporting the annual SEA Blue Prostate Cancer Run/Walk. Dan then served seven years in various digital fundraising rolls at the Smithsonian Institution's Office of Advancement, primarily supporting the digital efforts of the central membership and annual giving program. Dan earned his Bachelor's Degree in History at the University of Illinois and his Master's Degree in Strategic Fundraising and Philanthropy from Bay Path University.

Director, Digital Fundraising and Engagement

Laura Starr

Laura Starr

Director, Corporate Partnerships

As Manager of Corporate Partnerships, Laura works to engage companies and their employees to support our mission. Laura previously worked at the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at both the local chapter and the national office. Initially, she worked closely with volunteer committees to execute special fundraising events. She grew a dinner dance event into a $250,000 D.C. gala and established the first annual young professionals campaign. In her most recent role, she worked as a National Director of Corporate Development, working with national corporate council leaders for various campaigns and events and serving as a strategic advisor for field fundraisers. A native of England, Laura majored in International Relations at the University of Westminster in London.

Director, Corporate Partnerships

Rafael Ugarte

Rafael Ugarte

Development Officer for Central America

As Development Officer for Central America, Rafael Ugarte leads the exploration of funds from the diaspora community and private sector companies for operations in Central America, with specific focus on El Salvador. In Washington DC, Rafael was the Executive Director for the King of Spain Economic Development Foundation, in charge of funding projects in Latin America, Africa and Asia through corporate social programs. With a focus on development projects in Central and South America, he also served as a Cultural Advisor for the U.S. Army. Before joining WFP USA, Rafael worked with the United Nations World Food Programme as the private sector and donor relations officer for Guatemala and El Salvador, where he led and organized YUM’s CEO field trip to Guatemala. During his time with WFP, he organized the first “Walk the World” in El Salvador, attracting 15,000 participants and partnering with local private sector companies. Rafael earned his degree in Marketing in Florence, Italy and was also awarded a scholarship from the Korean government to study the promotion of small and medium enterprises. He is very passionate about helping and advocating for the Latino community in the U.S. Rafael lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife and two children.

Development Officer for Central America

Erin Wiegert

Erin Wiegert

Manager, Donor Relations

As Donor Relations Coordinator, Erin Wiegert supports WFP USA's individual outreach initiatives. Prior to joining WFP USA, she served as the Corporate and Foundation Relations Associate at the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, where she managed corporate and foundation fundraising efforts. Erin earned her Bachelor's Degree in Journalism at Boston University and is currently pursuing her Master's Degree in Public Relations and Corporate Communications.

Manager, Donor Relations

Andrew Williams

Andrew Williams

Manager, Corporate Partnerships

As Manager of Corporate Partnerships, Andrew Williams engages companies and their employees to support our mission. Before joining WFP USA, Andrew worked as Manager of Resource Development and Conference Support at Independent Sector, where he coordinated fundraising for the annual Independent Sector National Conference, with particular focus on sponsorships and partnerships, as well as oversaw the administration of the conference scholarship program. He also has worked at Advancement Project, securing support for national grassroots efforts around equitable education, voting rights, affordable housing and immigrant justice, in addition to managing the production of the annual report. Andrew earned his Bachelor's Degree in American Studies, with a thematic in Mass Media and Popular Culture, from Dickinson College.

Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Public Policy

Charles Dujon

Charles Dujon

Director of Government Relations

As the Director of Government Relations at WFP USA, Charles Dujon leads the advocacy operations and outreach with Congress and the executive branch. Before coming to WFP USA, Charles spent over 15 years as the Legislative Director and Appropriations Associate for a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee who served on the State, Foreign Operations Subcommittee, the Labor-Health and Human Services-Education Subcommittee and the Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA Subcommittee. In 2005, Charles led the effort in Congress to secure over $250 million in food aid for the conflict in the Darfur region of Sudan. Last year, Charles helped lead the effort in the NGO community to secure $10 million for the newly authorized Local and Regional Purchase program in the House Agriculture Appropriations Bill. Charles graduated with Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Northwestern University.

Director of Government Relations

Galen Fountain

Galen Fountain

Public Policy Advisor

Galen Fountain serves as Public Policy Advisor at WFP USA, working primarily in the areas of public policy and advocacy. He previously held staff positions in both the U.S. House of Representative and Senate for more than 30 years including periods with Congressman Dan Glickman (D-KS), Congressman Beryl Anthony (D-AR), Senator Dale Bumpers (D-AR), and Senator Herb Kohl (D-WI). The majority of Galen's work in Congress involved serving as Clerk of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, FDA, and Related Agencies, which has jurisdiction over the Food for Peace, McGovern-Dole Food for Education, and other programs related to food security. Since retiring from the Senate in 2012, he has been teaching in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia in the areas of food policy and federal budget process. He holds a B.A. from Wichita State University and J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Public Policy Advisor

Katherine Frank

Katherine Frank

Public Policy Associate

Katherine Frank is the Public Policy Associate at WFP USA. She is currently getting her Master's in Public Health from The George Washington University. Prior to joining WFP USA, Katherine worked at the USDA in their Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnership Office, helping to spread awareness about SNAP, WIC and rural development programs to underserved populations. She also worked as an analyst for a boutique consulting firm which supported HUD's public housing and Section 8 programs.  ​

Public Policy Associate

Allan Jury

Allan Jury

Vice President of Public Policy and Senior Advisor

Allan Jury is Vice President of Public Policy and Senior Advisor at WFP USA, working primarily on public policy and advocacy issues. He joined WFP USA in April 2013 following 12 years with the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), where he held senior leadership positions addressing food assistance and humanitarian policy, interagency and non-governmental organization partnerships, and donor relations with the United States. Allan also previously served for 25 years career as a Foreign Service officer with the U.S. Department of State, posted in Washington and U.S. Embassies abroad. He is a 1975 graduate of Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota with a B.A. in Political Science and Asian Studies.

Vice President of Public Policy and Senior Advisor

Operations

Alfred Archampong

Alfred Archampong

Applications Systems Administrator

As Applications Systems Administrator, Alfred Archampong manages WFP USA's Enterprise Applications Systems to support business needs. Prior to joining WFP USA, Alfred was with Westat Corporation as a Business Information Systems analyst for Cancer Trials Support Unit, where he supported multiple applications for the National Cancer Institute including the Oncology Patient Enrollment Network OPEN. Alfred is a Certified Information Systems Auditor with a Bachelor's degree in Information Systems from Strayer University, and also holds Security+ Certification from the Computing Technology Industry Association.

Applications Systems Administrator

Ebenezer Dadzie

Ebenezer Dadzie

Director, Information Systems

As IT Systems Manager, Ebenezer Dadzie leads the Information Technology/Information Systems operations to support business needs. Prior to joining WFP USA, Ebenezer was the IT Manager for ActionAid Ghana, and he also worked at Network Computer Systems, the first Internet service provider in sub-Saharan Africa, as the Head of Internet Access Engineers. Ebenezer has an MBA in Information Technology Management with security +ce certification from the Paris Graduate School of Management and a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science from Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana.

Director, Information Systems

Cher'Rita Ford-Hall

Cher'Rita Ford-Hall

Office Administrator

As Office Administrator, Cher'Rita Ford-Hall supports the organization's business needs. Cher'Rita also formed the WFP USA Social Committee in August 2015 and serves as the committee president. Prior to joining WFP USA, Cher'Rita was the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Administrative Officer of the prestigious Waste Management Company, and she also worked at Alston & Bird LLP where she served on two committees and received her CPR certification. Throughout Cher'Rita's professional career she has reached new heights as well as certifications and has many fields of expertise in financial lending services as well as facilities and operations management.

Office Administrator

Alexandra Fouts

Alexandra Fouts

Human Resources Manager

Alex Fouts is the Human Resources Manager at World Food Program USA. In this role, she oversees the personnel function which includes staffing, compensation/benefits, employee relations, policies/procedures and compliance. Previously, she served as Supervisor, Compliance & Benefits at the Institute for Defense Analyses, where she managed a team of two and was responsible for all aspects of the Institute's benefits programs, HR systems and legal compliance. Alex holds a BS in Public Administration from George Mason University.

Human Resources Manager

Shannon Hiskey

Shannon Hiskey

Vice President of Operations

Shannon Hiskey serves as Vice President of Operations and has been with the organization since 2011. Prior to WFP USA, she worked as the marketing and administration supervisor at Keel Point Advisors, a multi-family office and wealth advisory firm. She has also worked at PineRock Productions, a corporate communications event firm, as the manager of sales and marketing and administration. In her role at WFP USA, Shannon serves as liaison to the organization’s Board of Directors in coordination with the President & CEO; directs the office operations in the areas of administration, HR, IT and finance; and is a member of the senior leadership team. Shannon holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English-Writing from George Mason University.

Vice President of Operations

The McGovern-Dole

Leadership Award

Each year, WFP USA presents this prestigious award to policy makers and leaders who have played a critical role in the fight against global hunger. The award is named in honor of Senator Robert Dole and the late Senator George McGovern, in recognition of their leadership in advancing unprecedented U.S. government efforts to address global hunger.

2016

Michael Kors

2014

Senator
Debbie Stabenow

2013

Honorable
Bob Dole

2012

Christina Aguilera &
David Novak

2011

Howard Buffett &
Bill Gates

2010

Hillary Rodham
Clinton

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