Sam Worthington


Sam Worthington has served as CEO of InterAction since 2006. Sam strengthens the impact and collective voice of the U.S. NGO sector and leads its engagement on a wide range of policies and programs with the highest levels of the U.N., government, and civil society.

Previously, Sam served as the CEO of Plan International USA (1994-2006), a large global child rights NGO, and served on Plan’s global executive team. In 2015, he was a resident policy fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center.

He is currently vice chair of the Van Leer Foundations; sits on the U.N. Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC); USAID’s Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aide (ACVFA); Brown University’s Advisory Board on the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies; and the boards of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, Forus, Religions for Peace and the Alliance to End Hunger. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Sam has an M.A. in Public Policy with distinction from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies and a B.A. from the University of Vermont. He is a recipient of numerous awards including an honorary doctorate.

When not reading a book or enjoying city life, Sam has a deep personal affinity for high alpine ridges and healthy coral reefs. Sam grew up on three continents and has worked in over 50 countries. He lives with his wife, Renee, in Bethesda and travels to visit his three adult children.