Michelle Nunn is president and CEO of CARE USA. CARE is a global poverty-fighting organization that worked in 95 countries and directly reached 80 million people in FY2016.
In her first year at the helm of CARE, Michelle deployed a bold strategic framework to guide and grow her hometown humanitarian organization’s impact to 200 million lives by 2020 through scale and innovation. Michelle’s travel, nearly 175,000 miles across 23 countries thus far, took her to the front lines of the world’s largest refugee crisis since WWII, seeing CARE’s work helping Syrians and later calling for greater support of refugees and diplomatic resolution to the conflict. In addition to celebrating the passage of the U.S. Global Food Security Act after nearly a decade, Michelle saw CARE’s work to fight hunger and build food security and resilience in drought-stricken Ethiopia. She travelled to Niger to mark the 25th anniversary of CARE’s pioneering Village Savings & Loan Associations, which now have more than 10 million members worldwide. In conflict-plagued Somalia, Michelle saw CARE’s efforts to expand girls’ education.
Prior to CARE, Michelle spent 25 years in civic and public service, as a social entrepreneur, a nonprofit CEO and a candidate for U.S. Senate in Georgia. The NonProfit Times has named Michelle seven times to its annual “Power and Influence Top 50” list of change agents from the nonprofit sector. Georgia Trend magazine has named Michelle one of its “100 Most Influential Georgians,” and the Anti-Defamation League awarded her its Touch of Liberty. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of the University of Virginia, Michelle majored in history with a minor in religion, and received a Kellogg Fellowship to study faith and social justice globally. She earned her master’s degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she received the prestigious Public Service Fellowship.