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Charles MacCormack
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Charlie MacCormack is President of Save the Children, the world’s leading independent nonprofit organization serving children in need. With programs in the United States and more than 50 countries, an annual budget of over $40 million and more than 6,000 staff worldwide, Save the Children works to create lasting positive change in the lives of children in need through programs in health care and nutrition, education and economic opportunity. Save the Children also provides child-oriented humanitarian assistance during natural disasters, war and conflict. Dr. MacCormack is on the Board of Directors of the International Save the Children Alliance, which implements programs totaling $1 billion for children in 120 countries.

Dr. MacCormack served as Board Chair of InterAction, the national association of over 160 U.S. international humanitarian and development organizations from 2006 to 2009. He also serves as Co-Chair of both the Basic Education Coalition and the Campaign for Effective Global Leadership, and is a Founding Board Member of Malaria No More. While CEO of World Learning, he was Chair of the International Exchange Association, the national membership organization of America’s leading citizen exchange organizations. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Throughout his career, Dr. MacCormack has served in many consultative and official roles. He sat on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and the Food Security Advisory Committee, and was President of the Non-Governmental Committee on UNICEF. He was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to participate on the Founding Committee of the United Nations University and served as a member of the United States Delegation to the 1997 World Food Summit and the United States Delegation for the 2002 General Assembly Special Session on Children. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education by Middlebury College, and an honorary Doctor of Law by Clark University. He was made a member of the Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Istiolal by former King Hussein of Jordan.

Prior to his current position at Save the Children, Dr. MacCormack was President of World Learning (formerly known as the Experiment in International Living) from 1977 to 1992. His first experience at Save the Children was as Vice President of Programs in the 1970s and for four years he worked as the Director of the Masters Degree Program in International Management at the School for International Training. Before that, he was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at The Brookings Institution. He earlier served as Assistant to the Dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University. Dr. MacCormack was an instructor of Latin American Politics at the University of New Hampshire Summer School and was a staff associate for the First National City Bank International Division in Caracas, Venezuela.

Dr. MacCormack received his doctorate and master's degrees from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. He participated in a special three-summer program at the Harvard Business School on the Leadership of Global Non-Profit Organizations.

Dr. MacCormack resides in Easton, Connecticut. He is married to Susan Ross, President of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. They have two sons, Cameron and Fraser.

Blog Entries by Charles MacCormack

Collaboration Key to Quickening the Pace of Progress in Haiti

Posted November 22, 2010 | 17:00:00 (EST)

When I landed in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, just days after the massive January 12 earthquake, I witnessed a scene of unimaginable destruction. The quake shattered the capital and neighboring cities, killing more then 230,000 people and leaving 1.3 million children and adults without food, water, medical care or shelter.


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This World Food Day, Rising Food Prices Are Back in the News. What's the World to Do?

Posted October 15, 2010 | 12:18:10 (EST)

Food prices are back in the news this week. A surge in corn prices sparked new concerns that the world could be headed toward another food price crisis. Unfortunately, the discussion once more ignores sustained attention to long-term solutions to poverty and hunger.

You may remember that the food price...

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Haitian Lives Still to Save

Posted March 30, 2010 | 14:04:13 (EST)

This is a joint commentary by the presidents of eight leading humanitarian aid organizations operating in Haiti: George Rupp of International Rescue Committee, Charles MacCormack of Save the Children, Nancy A. Aossey of International Medical Corps, Ruth Messinger of American Jewish World Service, Raymond Offenheiser of Oxfam America, Nancy Lindborg...

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A Better Week for Haiti - And With These Reforms, a Far Better Future

Posted January 29, 2010 | 11:39:34 (EST)

The needs of Haitian children and families remain great. But this was a good week for Haiti by some measures: More medical care and relief supplies are reaching those who have lost so much, and the World Food Program, with the help of Save the Children and others, is on...

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