Kathy Calvin is president and CEO of the United Nations Foundation. She is a passionate advocate for multi-sector problem-solving, US leadership on global issues, and the inclusion of women at all levels and in all sectors. The UN Foundation was created in 1998 with entrepreneur and philanthropist Ted Turner’s historic $1 billion gift to support UN causes and advocates for the UN and connects people, ideas and resources to help the UN solve global problems.
Calvin’s career has spanned the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Before joining the UN Foundation as CEO in 2003, she served as president of the AOL Time Warner Foundation. She previously served in senior positions at AOL, Hill and Knowlton, and US News & World Report. From 1976 to 1984 she was Senator Gary Hart’s press secretary.
She was named one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Rock the World” in 2011 and listed in Fast Company’s “League of Extraordinary Women” in 2012. Her innovative work in the philanthropy and international development sectors has been featured in the New York Times and the Washington Post, and she has received numerous other awards for philanthropy and leadership.
Calvin is a graduate of Purdue University.