Mr. Samuel Worthington
President and CEO, InterAction
Sam Worthington assumed the President and CEO position of InterAction on October 10, 2006. InterAction is the nation’s largest alliance of relief and development nongovernmental organizations working overseas.
Mr. Worthington has served as the Vice Chair of InterAction’s Board of Directors, chaired its PVO Standards and Membership committee, and was co-chair of its Commission on the Advancement of Women. Previously, he served since 1994 as Chief Executive Officer of Plan USA. Plan is a global, 62 country, child-focused development organization. Mr. Worthington also sat on Plan’s global executive management team and chaired Plan’s national CEO team.
Mr. Worthington is a Member of the Council on Foreign Relations, serves on the Advisory Committee for Voluntary Foreign Assistance (ACVFA) at USAID, the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the United Nations, sits on the Boards of the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign, The Alliance to End Hunger, and he is an International Trustee of Religions for Peace. His numerous leadership roles include Chairing the global NGO Impact Initiative on behalf of the office of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery (President Clinton).
Mr. Worthington is a founder of the Hope for African Children Initiative (HACI) and until recently served on its Program Policy Council. HACI is a partnership of leading NGOs working to address the impact of AIDS on children.
Mr. Worthington has a Masters degree with distinction from the Monterey Institute of International Studies and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Vermont.
He also did post graduate research at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Rhode Island College. As a Fulbright Scholar, he analyzed and evaluated United Nations international development program methodologies at the International Labor Office in Switzerland.
Mr. Worthington has represented US non-profits and their programs in The New York Times, The Washington Post, on the three major news networks, CNN ‘Headline News’, NPR ‘Talk of the Nation’, Voice of America’s ‘World Service’, USA Today, and the Wall Street Journal. Mr. Worthington was featured on the PBS television series “The Visionaries”.
Sam has worked and traveled overseas for over fifteen years. Sam and his wife Renée along with their three children Rachel, Jamie and Lindsay, live in Bethesda, Maryland.
InterAction is a membership association of US private voluntary organizations engaged in international humanitarian efforts including relief, development, refugee assistance, environment, population, public policy, and global education.