Our Leadership

InterAction was founded on October 22, 1984, the same day U.S. television first broadcast pictures from the Ethiopian famine. We now take for granted that so many people and institutions are working to fight poverty around the world. This was not always the case.

Over the past several decades NGOs have multiplied in number and in size. Some have budgets in the hundreds of millions or even billions, with the majority of the sector’s funding coming from private sources. Some NGOs have become donors in their own right, empowering local NGOs around the globe. And some transformed their business models to blur the traditional lines between civil society groups based in North and global South.

InterAction members have been and continue to be at the center of this dramatic transformation. As part of that effort, we hope to offer a deeper look here at what the leadership team at InterAction is working on as well as provide resources for InterAction CEOs and other leaders and thinkers working on how NGOs can evolve to meet the challenges of the 21st Century.

Sam Worthington
CEO, InterAction
On Twitter @SamInterAction

Lindsay Coates
President, InterAction
On Twitter @lindsaycoates

Honoring Michael Elliott – An Innovative Leader And Friend

Michael Elliott lived his life to the fullest. He was a friend, a colleague, and a dedicated champion in efforts to increase the collective ability of civil society to make the world a more peaceful, just, and prosperous place.

It is with a heavy heart that I learned of his passing July 14. He will be sorely missed within the InterAction community, but his legacy will live on. He left the world a better place.

Congress Takes Bipartisan Stand Against Global Hunger

Seeing that your family has a steady and stable supply of healthy and nutritious food is a fundamental commitment—and mission—of all mothers and fathers around the globe. It's a value, a need and an imperative that crosses cultural, geographic, and gender lines. And today it's a principle that crosses partisan lines in Congress, with the final passage of the Global Food Security Act (H.R. 1567/S. 1252).

A Legacy of Leadership: Recognizing David Beckmann

As CEO of InterAction – the largest coalition of U.S.-based non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and partners – I have met many uniquely impressive leaders.

These individuals inspire others, both from within the NGO sector and outside of it, to advocate for a more equal and just world. They spark innovation and encourage partnerships across physical and intangible borders. They make a lasting impact.

Daily Kos | Apr 22, 2016
There are so many horrible stories coming out of Syria that it is easy to forget that there are amazing heroes too. Raed Saleh is one of those heroes. In the early morning hours of June 9, 2011, Raed Saleh fled for his life. With his wife and two young children by his side, Saleh, then 30,...
UN Dispatch | Apr 22, 2016
The head of the Syrian Civil Defense, or White Helmets as they are popularly known, has won a prestigious international humanitarian award. Raed Saleh was chosen by InterAction, an umbrella group representing humanitarian NGOs, for their Humanitarian Award 2016. The annual InterAction forum and...
Associated Press | Apr 22, 2016
BEIRUT (AP) — An award-winning Syrian opposition activist said on Thursday that he was turned back and denied entry into the United States a day before he was supposed to receive one of the most prestigious prize from peers for his volunteer work saving lives in his war-torn homeland. Raed Saleh, a...

Sam Worthington at U.S. Capitol #WithSyria

Samuel A. Worthington is chief executive officer of InterAction, the nation’s largest U.S.-alliance of international nongovernmental organizations. As InterAction’s chief executive, Sam strengthens the impact and collective voice of the U.S. NGO sector and leads its engagement with the UN, governments, and civil society groups around the world. He sits on the board of the Van Leer Group Foundation and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. Previously he served as chief executive officer of Plan International USA (from 1994 to 2006) and as a resident fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center (2015).

To learn more about Sam, please see his full bio.

Download Sam's official photo.

 

To schedule and interview or for speaking requests with Sam Worthington, please contact:

Burt Edwards
Director, Media & Web Strategy
202.552.6554 (Office)
703.861.8237 (Cell)
bedwards@interaction.org

Lindsay Coates is the president of InterAction, overseeing all management issues and institutional outreach to InterAction members and partners. A life-long advocate for human dignity, Lindsay currently serves on the steering committee of the World Bank Global Partnership for Social Accountability and the boards of Episcopal Relief and Development and MFAN. Before joining InterAction, she served as the COO of Population Action International and practiced civil rights law.

To learn more about Lindsay, please see her full bio.

Download Lindsay's official photo.

 

To schedule and interview or for speaking requests with Lindsay Coates, please contact:

Burt Edwards
Director, Media & Web Strategy
202.552.6554 (Office)
703.861.8237 (Cell)
bedwards@interaction.org

Call to Action: Building a New Role for U.S. NGOs

On June 22, 2015, Sam gave an address at Forum 2015 outlining a series of six steps that the NGO community can take to significantly advance the sector’s collective relevance and effectiveness in the decade ahead. To expand the conversation beyond those in attendance at the Washington conference, InterAction has released an edited and expanded version of his remarks as a special White Paper. 

Listen the original address, as given, at Forum 2015:

Read the white paper: "Building a New Role for U.S. NGOs as Active Global Citizens"