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Kathy Bushkin Calvin
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Kathy Calvin is President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career has spanned work in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, U.S. leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors.

Kathy was named CEO by the UN Foundation Board in 2009 and President in 2013. In those roles, she leads one of the most innovative organizations advocating for the UN and the creation of public-private partnerships. Her leadership brings together the largest network of supporters of UN issues in the United States and a global network of corporate, civil society and media partners. The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner's historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and activities. The UN Foundation advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas, and resources to help the United Nations solve global problems. As a public charity with many partners, the UN Foundation's work is focused on decreasing child mortality, empowering women and girls, creating a clean energy future, using mobile technology for development, and improving U.S.-UN relations.

In 2011, Kathy was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World,” and in 2012, she was listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women.” Her innovative work in the philanthropy and international NGO sector was featured by the New York Times in 2011. She has received numerous other awards for philanthropy and leadership.

Prior to joining the UN Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2003, Kathy served as President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation where she guided AOL Time Warner's philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company's corporate responsibility initiatives. She joined America Online in 1997 as Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, and was responsible for the company’s brand, social responsibility, and external relations.

Immediately prior to joining AOL, she was a Senior Managing Director at Hill and Knowlton, a global public relations company, where she led the U.S. Media Relations practice. For 12 years before that, she served as Director of Editorial Administration for U.S. News & World Report, overseeing budget, personnel, innovation and strategy. From 1976 through 1984, Kathy served as Senator Gary Hart's press secretary in his Senate office and his 1984 Presidential campaign. She was one of the first women to hold that title in American Presidential campaigns.

Throughout her career, Kathy Calvin has taken an active role in a range of philanthropic activities, including the boards of the International Women's Media Foundation, City Year, Internews, the Newseum, Share Our Strength, the United Nations Association of the United States of America, and the East-West Center. She is a frequent public speaker and commenter.

Kathy is a graduate of Purdue University.

Entries by Kathy Bushkin Calvin

Migrant Girls Can Accelerate Global Development

(3) Comments | Posted August 13, 2013 | 1:14 PM

Every year on August 12, youth leaders and advocates around the globe observe International Youth Day -- a day to celebrate the world's young people and to call attention to some of the biggest challenges and opportunities they face, like this year's focus on migration.

While much has been written...

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An Idea to Change the World: Empower Girls

(0) Comments | Posted October 11, 2012 | 9:36 AM

Across the world today, teenage girls are making their voices heard and promoting a transformational idea: empower adolescent girls everywhere. As part of the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign, girls and other supporters are holding more than 50 events in nine countries to celebrate the "International Day...

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Meeting the Challenge to Save the Lives of Women and Children

(2) Comments | Posted October 3, 2012 | 5:12 PM

While a lot of important news has been coming out of the United Nations General Assembly lately, there is one story that may not make the front pages, but should be at the front of our minds: the health of women and children around the world.

Why? Most importantly,...

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Stop the Tragedy

(9) Comments | Posted July 10, 2012 | 12:12 PM

Imagine a cruise ship full of women sinks every day for the rest of the year - killing nearly 1,000 women per day. The world would be horrified and demand action.

The sad truth is that a tragedy of this magnitude does happen every day in developing countries, yet...

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Pneumonia: One Disease, Two Solutions

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2011 | 9:59 AM

No one wants or expects a child to die of pneumonia, a disease that is easily preventable yet is a leading killer of children around the world. The respiratory illness kills an estimated 1.4 million children under the age of five every year. Of these deaths,

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The Silent Killer in the Kitchen

(2) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 3:01 PM

Cooking shouldn't kill you -- but in developing countries it does.

For more than 3 billion people, exposure to smoke is an inescapable byproduct of the daily task of preparing a meal over an open fire or a wood-burning stove. World Health Organization research has found that cookstove smoke is...

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Why We Shouldn't Look Away From the Mistreatment of Girls Worldwide

(0) Comments | Posted August 20, 2010 | 10:17 AM

If you want to know why investing in women and girls is important, look no further than Time Magazine's Aug. 1st cover.

The much discussed cover featured a photo of Aisha, the 18-year-old Afghan woman who was sentenced to having her nose and ears...

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Women at a Crossroads

(1) Comments | Posted March 15, 2010 | 11:54 AM

Women around the world are at a crossroads today. At no point in recent memory have more women simultaneously occupied the halls of power and been left stranded on the street. In this context, the Commission on the Status of Women met last week at the United Nations to review...

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Malaria Kills. Nets Save Lives.

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2008 | 11:19 AM

Today, at the closing session of the Clinton Global Initiative, the United Nations Foundation's Nothing But Nets campaign will announce a major commitment to send over 600,000 long-lasting, insecticide-treated bed nets to vulnerable refugee populations living in 27 temporary camps in East Sudan, Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.


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