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Rethinking Humanitarian Aid: A Conversation with Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA

March 6, 2023 • 10:00 – 10:30 am EST

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Please join the Center for Strategic and International Studies on Monday, March 6, 2023, for a virtual Smart Women, Smart Power conversation with Michelle Nunn, President and CEO of CARE USA. As we pass the one-year mark since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, CARE USA has helped nearly one million Ukrainians with direct aid and social support. Dr. Kathleen McInnis, Director of the Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative, will sit down with Michelle to discuss how CARE has worked to rally the global community to respond to recent humanitarian crises holistically, from the Ukrainian refugee crisis, Covid-19, the recent deadly earthquakes in Syria and Turkey, to the growing hunger crisis around the world.

As the President and CEO of CARE USA, Michelle Nunn leads a global team of 7,000 people working in more than 100 countries to save lives, defeat poverty, and achieve social justice. CARE is one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations with a holistic approach to work in crisis response; food and water; health, education, and work; climate change; and all centered in gender equality. CARE’s work over the decades has demonstrated that poverty cannot be overcome until all people have equal rights.

Michelle has built a career of service as a social entrepreneur and nonprofit CEO. In 1989 she co-founded the volunteer-mobilization organization Hands On Atlanta. In 2007, she led the merger between Hands On and President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light – the world’s largest volunteer-service organization. Nunn served as Points of Light CEO from 2007 to 2013.

Nunn entered the political arena in 2014 and was nominated as the Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from Georgia. After her campaign, she took the reins of CARE USA in 2015, where her work continues to be informed by the imperative of government, civil society, and the private sector collaborating with citizens to create stronger, more resilient communities.

This event is made possible through support from Citi.

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Alexis Day
Program Manager and Research Associate, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative and Outreach Manager, International Security Program.
Kathleen Mcinnis
Senior Fellow, International Security Program and Director, Smart Women, Smart Power Initiative