Charles MacCormack is currently the Senior Fellow for NGO Futures at Interaction, the national association of over 200 U.S. Humanitarian and Development organizations. He also serves as Vice Chair of the Millennium Development Goal Health Alliance. Throughout 2016 he served as an Advanced Leadership Fellow at Harvard University. He served as Executive-in-Residence at Middlebury College from 2012 to 2016, and works with a number of international think tanks. Each of these activities advances knowledge, teaching and practice of the role of corporations, foundations, NGOs, universities, philanthropists and media in global health and development.
From 1993 through 2011, Professor MacCormack was president of Save the Children, the world’s leading independent nonprofit organization serving children in need. With programs in the United States and more than 50 countries, an annual budget of over $550 million and more than 6,000 staff worldwide., Save the Children works to create lasting, positive change in the lives of children in need through programs in health care and nutrition, education and economic opportunity. Save the Children also provides child-oriented humanitarian assistance during natural disasters, war and conflict. He currently serves on the Board of Save the Children International, which programs more than $2.1billion in over 120 countries.
Prior to his position at Save the Children, Professor MacCormack was president of World Learning /School for Interrnational Training (formerly known as the Experiment in International Living) from 1977 to 1992. His first experience at Save the Children was as vice president of programs in the 1970s and for four years he worked as the director of the master’s degree program in International Management at the School for International Training. Before that, he was a research fellow in foreign policy studies at The Brookings Institution. He earlier served as assistant to the dean of the International Fellows Program at Columbia University. Professor MacCormack was an instructor of Latin American Politics at the University of New Hampshire Summer School and was a staff associate for the First National City Bank International Division in Caracas, Venezuela.
Professor MacCormack served as Board Chair of Interaction from 2006 to 2009. He currently serves on the Board of World Learning and is a Founding Board Member of Malaria No More. While CEO of World Learning, he was Chair of the International Exchange Association, the national membership organization of America’s leading citizen exchange organizations. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Throughout his career, Professor MacCormack has served in many consultative and official roles. He sat on the Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid and the Food Security Advisory Committee of the U.S. Government and was President of the Non-Governmental Committee on UNICEF. He was selected by the United Nations Secretary General to participate on the Founding Committee of the United Nations University and served as a member of the United States Delegation to the 1997 World Food Summit and the United States Delegation for the 2002 General Assembly Special Session on Children. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Education by Middlebury College, and an honorary Doctor of Law by Clark University. He was made a member of the Grand Cordon of the Order of Al-Istiolal by the late King Hussein of Jordan.
Professor MacCormack received his doctorate in Political Science/Comparative Politics and master's degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and his undergraduate degree from Middlebury College. He was a National Science Foundation Fellow at the Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City and a Fulbright Fellow at the Universidad Central de Venezuela in Caracas. He participated in a special three-summer program at the Harvard Business School on the Leadership of Global Non-Profit Organizations.
Professor MacCormack resides in Easton, Connecticut. He was married to the late Susan Ross, former president of the Fairfield County Community Foundation. They have two sons, Cameron and Fraser.