Mr. Samuel Worthington
President and CEO
Sam Worthington is President and CEO of InterAction, the nation’s largest alliance of US-based nongovernmental organizations working overseas. In partnership with InterAction member organizations, the private sector, foundations and other key stakeholders, InterAction champions a bold agenda for decreasing poverty, upholding human rights, safeguarding a sustainable planet, and ensuring human dignity for poor and vulnerable populations around the world. With over forty working groups, InterAction leads, supports, and mobilizes its members to take collective action, improve the impact of their programs, increase their global reach, and advocate for efforts that advance human well-being around the world.
Mr. Worthington has represented U.S. NGOs and their programs before the Congress, the administration, and the media. Previously, he served from 1994 to 2006 as Chief Executive Officer of Plan International USA, a global development NGO. Mr. Worthington also sat on Plan’s global executive management team and chaired Plan’s national CEO team. Among various advisory roles for the United Nations and U.S. Government he serves on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) at the UN, Advisory Council for Voluntary Foreign Assistance at USAID, Council on Foreign Relations, and the boards of the Alliance to End Hunger, CIVICUS, Religions for Peace, U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the Van Leer Foundation. Mr. Worthington was a founding board member of the ONE Campaign, chaired the global NGO Impact Initiative on behalf of the UN Special Envoy for Tsunami Recovery (President Clinton), and served on the steering committee of the NGO Leadership Forum at Harvard University. He was Fulbright scholar at the Institut Universitaire des Hautes Etudes Internationales in Geneva.