Women for Women International Announces New Global Leadership

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Women for Women International Announces New Global Leadership

August 1, 2017, Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of Women for Women International (WfWI) announced the promotion of Laurie Adams to the position of Chief Executive Officer effective July 1st.

Ms. Adams joined the global headquarters of WfWI at the beginning of 2016. As Vice President for Programs, Adams led new efforts to enhance the impact of WfWI’s economic empowerment programs and cultivate institutional donor support and partnerships. In July 2016, Adams was promoted to the position of President. Adams’s leadership and vision led to the creation of the organization’s strategic plan, opening a new country office in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq (KRI), a successful event featuring former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Christiane Amanpour, and a meaningful increase in donor revenue .  She also spearheaded the effort to support Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the KRI and led the organization’s partnerships to serve women in South Sudan, both representing the largest humanitarian crises facing the world.

“Laurie has brought experience and wisdom to set an exciting course for the organization in her first year at the helm. Under her leadership, we are set to expand our work and serve more women. We are thankful for her hard work and vision and excited to have her as Women for Women International’s CEO,” said Jan Rock Zubrow, Chair of the WfWI Board of Directors.

Adams is a dynamic leader with a unique mix of program, fundraising, and management skills with 25 years of experience in international development and human rights. Immediately prior to joining WfWI, Adams was the Director of Women’s Rights for Oxfam in the UK. In that capacity, she oversaw advocacy, communications, and fundraising. Previously, Adams managed Oxfam’s country programs in three African regions covering 11 countries. She also served for eight years in the leadership of ActionAid’s international secretariat in Johannesburg.

“I am proud to lead an organization that directly impacts women whose lives have been destroyed by war and gives them the tools and confidence to rebuild. I am certain that we will be able to maintain the organization’s positive direction and serve more women in the coming years,” said Laurie Adams.

Adams holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy Management from the University of London, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and Women’s Rights from Dartmouth College, and completed the Advanced Management Program at the Harvard School of Business.

About Women for Women International

Since 1993, Women for Women International (WfWI) has served more than 462,000 women survivors of war in Afghanistan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Democratic Republic of Congo, Kosovo, the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan. With a long-term vision for sustainable change and development, WfWI works with the most marginalized and socially-excluded women so they have the skills, networks, and tools they need to rebuild their lives, communities, and nations. Through Women for Women International’s comprehensive 12-month program, women learn about their rights and health, and gain key life, vocational, and business skills to access livelihoods and break free from trauma and poverty. To learn more, visit www.womenforwomen.org.