Pleased to note that Ertharin Cousin (right) has been appointed Executive Director of the United Nations' World Food Programme. Based in Rome, Italy, and employing 10,000 persons, the Programme is the globe's largest anti-hunger agency. (credit for 2011 photo by Giulio Napolitano of the United Nations' Food and Agricultural Organization)
Especially pleased to note that Chicago-born Cousin, who comes to the position after serving 2 years as the United States' Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, is a 1982 alumna of the University of Georgia School of Law. Previous posts have included leading post-Hurricane Katrina efforts for a U.S. anti-hunger organization, Feeding America, as well as positions at the Democratic National Committee and in the White House.
This April, Cousin will succeed another American, Josette Sheeran, who will become Vice President of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.