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Sam Worthington

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Sam Worthington has been President & CEO of InterAction since October 2006. InterAction is the nation's largest alliance of U.S.-based international relief and development nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). Worthington is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Assistance (ACVFA) at the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the United Nations. He sits on the board of directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign and the Alliance to End Hunger. Other recent leadership roles include chairing the Global NGO Impact Initiative for the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery. Prior to joining InterAction, Worthington served as Plan USA CEO for 12 years. Plan is a global, 62 country, child-focused development organization. Mr. Worthington is a founder of the Hope for African Children Initiative (HACI) and until recently served on its Program Policy Council. HACI is a partnership of leading NGOs working to address the impact of AIDS on children. Worthington was a Fulbright Scholar and studied United Nations international development program methodologies at the International Labor Office in Switzerland. He holds a Masters degree with distinction from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont. Worthington did post-graduate research at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Rhode Island College.

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