Ertharin Cousin

Distinguished Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment, The Chicago Council on Global Affairs

Graduate, University of Illinois at Chicago and University of Georgia Law School. More than 25 years of national and international non-profit, government and corporate leadership experience focusing on hunger, food and resilience strategies. Served as White House Liaison to the State Department, and concurrently, appointed to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development, and Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer, Feeding America. 2009, nominated and confirmed as the US Ambassador to the UN Agencies for Food and Agriculture, and head of the US Mission in Rome. From 2012 to 2017, she served as the twelfth Executive Director, United Nations World Food Programme, guiding it in meeting urgent food needs while championing longer-term solutions to food insecurity and hunger. Ambassador Ertharin Cousin currently directs the Food Systems for the Future enterprise and is a Payne Distinguished Lecturer, Spogli Institute for the Study of International Relations and Distinguished Fellow, Center on Food Security and the Environment, at Stanford University. Travels extensively to raise awareness of food insecurity and chronic malnutrition.