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Our Team

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 (WFP 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 97 million people in 80 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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A global prism of experiences — from natural disasters to ongoing food assistance — show WFP's impact in 2013.

Board of Directors

Chairman:

Hunter Biden

Hunter Biden

Chairman

Hunter Biden is a partner at Rosemont Seneca Partners, LLC and is Counsel to Boies, Schiller, Flexner, LLP, a New York based-law firm. Mr. Biden is a member of the bar in the state of Connecticut, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. Mr. Biden serves as a Director on a number of not-for-profit Boards including WFP USA and Zero – The Project to End Prostate Cancer. From 2006- 2009 Mr. Biden served on the Board of Directors of Amtrak, serving as Vice Chairman from 2007-09. Previously, he was a founding member of the law firm, Oldaker, Biden and Belair, LLP, served in the U.S. Government having been appointed by President Clinton to serve at the United States Department of Commerce as Executive Director of E-Commerce Policy Coordination and was Senior Vice President at MBNA America Bank, N.A. Mr. Biden was also honored to serve as an Honorary Co-Chair of the 2009 Presidential Inaugural Committee and to have served in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Mr. Biden 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:

Samuel “Sandy” Berger

Samuel “Sandy” Berger

Secretary/Treasurer

Samuel "Sandy" Berger is Co-Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group. He is 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 has 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 is 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).

Members

Jonathan Blum

Jonathan Blum

Board Member

Jonathan Blum is Senior Vice President, Chief Public Affairs Officer for Yum! Brands, Inc. (NYSE:YUM).  YUM is the world’s largest restaurant company, with nearly 36,000 restaurants and 1.3 million employees in over 100 countries.  YUM is the parent company of Taco Bell, Pizza Hut, KFC, Long John Silver’s and A&W All-American Food.

Jonathan reports to the Chairman/CEO, and serves on the Partner’s Council that sets the corporation’s overall strategy.  He also serves on the company’s Compliance Oversight Committee, leads its Nutrition Policy Committee, and co-leads its Food Safety Committee and Quality Assurance Task Force.  His global portfolio includes public policy issues management, internal and external communications, corporate social responsibility, community diversity, government affairs, community relations and philanthropy.  Jonathan was Vice President of Public Affairs for Taco Bell Corp. before PepsiCo spun-off its restaurant companies in 1997.

Before joining the company, Jonathan served as Asia-Pacific Regional Director for Ogilvy & Mather Public Affairs.  He also was Managing Director for Ogilvy’s public affairs offices in Chicago, Singapore, Hong Kong and China.  He held a Congressional Internship, served in the Carter White House and later assisted the President with his transition to the private sector.

Jonathan is an Executive-in-Residence at Northwestern University’s Medill Graduate School, where he regularly lectures on integrated marketing communications and organization development. He serves as a Director of Kindred Healthcare, Inc. (NYSE:KND), a leading health services company.  He earned his bachelor’s degree at the George Washington University (Dean’s List) and his Juris Doctorate at the Western New England College School of Law.  He and his wife, Jennifer, have twin teenage sons and reside in Anchorage, Kentucky.  

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.

Jo Ann Emerson

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.

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.
 

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David Novak

David Novak

Board Member

David Novak is Chairman and CEO of Yum! Brands, Inc., the world’s largest restaurant company with more than 36,000 restaurants in over 110 countries and territories. Novak shapes the company’s overall strategic direction, including four key growth drivers: build leading brands across China in every significant category; drive aggressive international expansion and build strong brands everywhere; dramatically improve U.S. brand positions, consistency and returns, and drive industry-leading, long-term shareholder and franchisee value. Prior to Yum! Brands, Novak was president at both KFC and Pizza Hut. He also held senior management positions at Pepsi-Cola Company, including chief operating officer and executive vice president of marketing and sales.

Novak is addressing the global hunger epidemic through the Company’s World Hunger Relief efforts, the largest public-private sector initiative of its kind that has raised $36 million in just two years. Last year, the company mobilized associates around the world to contribute five million volunteer hours in local communities. At the 2008 Clinton Global Initiative, Novak committed to raise and donate $80 million over five years to help the World Food Programme and others provide 200 million meals for hungry school children in developing countries; generate 20 million hours of hunger relief volunteer service; and, $200 million in prepared food to hunger agencies in the U.S. He is also the recipient of the national 2008 Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.
 

Carl Stern

Carl Stern

Board Member

Carl Stern is vice chairman of the Investment Banking Division. He joined Goldman Sachs as a partner in September 2011.

Prior to joining the firm, Carl spent 37 years with the Boston Consulting Group, where he served as president and chief executive officer from 1997 to 2003 and chairman of the board from 2004 to 2011. He served in the US Navy from 1968 to 1971.

Carl serves on the boards of World Food Program USA and the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City. He is also a member of the Board of Trustees of Rush University Medical Center and is a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. 

Carl earned an MBA from Stanford University in 1974 and an AB from Harvard College in 1968. 

In Memoriam

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

Senior Management

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

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

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 and earlier this year, Charles led 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

Shannon Hiskey

Shannon Hiskey

Vice President of Operations

Shannon Hiskey joined WFP USA as special assistant to the president and CEO in July 2011. Shannon provides high-level administrative support to Rick Leach and manages relations and coordinates activities for the organization’s board of directors. She also manages the office operations.

Prior to WFP USA, she worked at Keel Point Advisors, a wealth management and advisory firm, as marketing and support team supervisor. At Keel Point, Shannon managed the firm’s business development initiatives and events, design and use of sales and marketing collateral, and supervised the front and back office administrative staff.

Prior to Keel Point, Shannon worked at PineRock Productions, a corporate communications event firm as supervisor, sales and marketing and administration. At PineRock, her experience communicating with C-level Fortune 500 executives, managing sales and administrative staff and budgets, and monitoring new business opportunities, helped prepare her to serve as liaison to WFP USA’s board members and key supporters while managing the organization’s operations.

Shannon holds a B.A. in English-Writing/Communications from George Mason University. Her work history also includes experience as editor at the Association for University Programs in Health Administration and as communications associate at Karsten Manufacturing/PING Golf.

Vice President of Operations

Allan Jury

Allan Jury

Senior Advisor

Allan Jury is a 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 dealing with 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.

Senior Advisor

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

Communications and Outreach

M.J. Altman

M.J. Altman

Senior Content Manager

As Senior Content Manager, M.J. Altman oversees the organization's editorial assets, including multimedia projects, reports, op-eds and the website. Prior to joining WFP USA, M.J. worked at TIME magazine in New York, where she wrote about social justice, politics and culture. She has also worked at the Smithsonian Institution, where she researched, wrote and pitched stories about indigenous history, culture and contemporary issues 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.

Senior Content Manager

Lauren Parks

Lauren Parks

Senior Manager, Digital Strategy & Partnerships

Lauren Parks serves as the Senior Manager, Digital Strategy & Partnerships, overseeing the organization's online presence from social to email to the website. Prior to joining WFP USA, Lauren worked at Blue State Digital in Washington, DC, where she was a Digital Account Director and managed several client projects from website redesigns to online fundraising and brand awareness campaigns. She also served as Director of Digital Operations for the Obama For America 2012 presidential campaign, where she oversaw the 200+ digital team, participated in digital leadership and ran special projects for the digital team and campaign. Lauren graduated from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism with a Bachelor's Degree in Broadcast Journalism.

Senior Manager, Digital Strategy & Partnerships

Aliya Karim

Aliya Karim

Communications Associate

As Communications Associate, Aliya Karim manages day-to-day social media and web analytics, 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.

Communications Associate

Development

Roma Bose

Roma Bose

Senior Director of Development

As Senior Director of Development, Roma Bose is responsible for the management of the Development team, and for creating strategies to expand and diversify the organization’s funder base. Prior to joining WFP USA, she was part of the core fundraising team at United Way Worldwide, with international fundraising priorities. During her tenure there, she also spearheaded the expansion of the United Way network in India, creating five new United Ways; managed the Leadership Council, a group of high net worth individuals; and, as a faculty member, taught fundraising strategies to United Ways in the US and 41 member countries through customized trainings, webinars, workshops and one-on-one coaching. Roma is a graduate of University of Delhi, a CFRE and has earned Certificate in Non-Profit Leadership (CNEL) from Indiana University. She serves on the advisory board of nonprofit organizations in the U.S. and in India.

Senior Director of Development

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

Jason Slattery

Jason Slattery

Director of Corporate Relations

Jason Slattery is the Director of Corporate Relations. Jason works to grow mutually beneficial relationships with our corporate partners. He has spent the last nine years in a number of volunteer and professional positions within the nonprofit sector. He spent four years in Kansas City working with Heart to Heart International, a medically-focused humanitarian relief organization that specializes in disaster assistance and relief. Jason also serves on the Board of Directors for Urban Farming Guys, an organization that aims to revitalize the urban core through urban farming. Jason earned a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from James Madison University.

Director of Corporate Relations

Sandy Coburn

Manager, Integrated Fund Development

Sarah Manthey

Sarah Manthey

Manager, Foundation Relations

Sarah Manthey serves on WFP USA's Development Team as the Manager of Foundation Relations and as the Grant Administrator of the Catherine Bertini Trust Fund for Girls Education. Previously, Sarah worked at Phacil, where she developed organizational strategy and grant proposals for IT government contracts. BeCause, Sarah's handmade jewelry line, provides 15% towards school meals through WFP USA, and has contributed over 7,000 meals to date. Sarah graduated from Tulane University with a Bachelor's Degree in English and a minor in French.

Manager, Foundation Relations

Laura Starr

Laura Starr

Manager, 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.

Manager, Corporate Partnerships

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

Erin Wiegert

Erin Wiegert

Donor Relations Coordinator

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.

Donor Relations Coordinator

Public Policy

Katherine Frank

Public Policy Associate

Operations

Devin Chesney

Manager, Finance Operations

Ebenezer Dadzie

Ebenezer Dadzie

Information Systems Manager

As Manager, IT Systems, 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.

Information Systems Manager

Stephanie Eldred

Operations Associate

Alexandra Fouts

Human Resources Manager

The McGovern-Dole

Leadership Awards

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.

2014

Representative
Debbie Stabenow

2013

Honorable
Bob Dole

2012

Christina Aguilera &
David Novak

2011

Howard Buffet &
Bill Gates

2010

Hillary Rodham
Clinton

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