Women for Women International Announces New Global Leadership

For Immediate Release

Contact: Michael Stambaugh, Vice President of HR & Support
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Women for Women International Announces New Global Leadership

Laurie Adams, Vice President of Programs, Promoted to President

June 29, 2016, Washington, D.C. – The Board of Directors of Women for Women International (WfWI) announced the promotion of Laurie Adams, Vice President for Programs, to the position of President effective July 1st.

Recruited by WfWI CEO Jennifer Windsor, Ms. Adams joined the global headquarters of WfWI at the beginning of 2016. As Vice President for Programs, Adams has been leading new efforts to enhance the impact of WfWI’s economic empowerment programs and cultivate institutional donor support and partnerships.

Adams’ appointment as President promises a smooth transition as Jennifer Windsor has resigned for personal reasons to pursue new opportunities. During her tenure, Windsor positioned the organization for its next chapter. Windsor prioritized the recruitment of top talent for key management positions, improved the efficiency of WfWI operations, and oversaw the transition of the organization’s first country office in Bosnia and Herzegovina to become an independent organization.

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 this capacity she oversaw advocacy, communications, and fundraising. During her tenure, Adams created high-level partnerships with government leaders and multinational corporations, and under her leadership, Oxfam doubled its financial commitment to women’s rights.

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.

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 provided more than 447,000 women survivors of war and conflict with training, support, and resources to move from crisis and poverty to stability and economic self-sufficiency. WfWI’s innovative programs are guided by a vision to create a world in which all women determine the course of their lives and reach their full potential.

WfWI works in Afghanistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Iraq, Kosovo, Nigeria, Rwanda, and South Sudan. To learn more, visit www.womenforwomen.org.