Sam Worthington is president and CEO of InterAction, the largest alliance of U.S.-based nongovernmental international organizations, with more than 180 members. Worthington has represented U.S. NGOs and their programs before the United States Congress, the administration, and numerous major national and international media.
Previously, Worthington served as Chief Executive Officer of Plan USA (1994-2006), a global child-focused development NGO. Worthington also sat on Plan’s global executive management team and chaired Plan’s national CEO team.
Worthington is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Assistance (ACVFA) at USAID and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the United Nations, and sits on the boards of the Van Leer Group Foundation, CIVICUS, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and The Alliance to End Hunger. Worthington’s numerous leadership roles included the White House Task Force on Global Development and Poverty, he was a founding board member of the ONE Campaign, chaired the global NGO Impact Initiative on behalf of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery (President Clinton), and served on the steering committee of the NGO Leadership Forum at Harvard University.
Worthington has a Masters degree with distinction from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont. As a Fulbright scholar he completed post graduate research at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva. He has received various awards and engaged in a program on non- profit leadership at the Harvard Business School.
Worthington and his wife Renée live in Bethesda, Maryland. They have three children Rachel, Jamie and Lindsay.
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