Great leaders demonstrate a deep belief in service. It’s something our founders, my grandparents, Sam and Helen Walton, valued deeply. After three decades it continues to guide our work at the Walton Family Foundation.
I’m delighted to announce that our new executive director, Caryl M. Stern, embodies that belief having distinguished herself as an advocate determined to improve the lives of those most in need.
One of the country’s most respected nonprofit leaders, Caryl will join the foundation in January 2020 and bring to her new role the energy of a dynamic change-maker who has spent her career serving others.
As president and CEO of UNICEF USA for the past 12 years, Caryl displayed an unwavering commitment to carrying out the organization’s work to provide better education for children, deliver critical health services to high-risk populations and organize emergency relief during times of crisis.
In getting to know Caryl, I am struck by the urgency with which she approaches her work and her absolute passion for improving individual lives while also working for broad, lasting change.
I am also impressed by her ability to turn that passion into action. She has a strong track record of working across all sectors, including government, business and philanthropy, and guiding complex organizations dealing with complicated issues.
Caryl is known for an on-the-ground approach to change, listening to children and parents and taking the time to understand the issues they face and their hopes for the future. Our new leader’s way of thinking complements our belief that the people closest to the problems we are attempting to address are the people with the best insight into solutions.
As the Walton Family Foundation continues its work to solve some of society’s toughest social and environmental problems, we’re thrilled to have Caryl leading our team.
You can learn more about today’s announcement here: Longtime Nonprofit Executive Caryl M. Stern to Lead Walton Family Foundation