Sam Worthington

Member, Plan International USA Board of Directors

Former CEO, InterAction

For over 16 years, Sam Worthington served as President & CEO of InterAction (2006-2022), the nation’s largest U.S. alliance of international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) focused on people around the world.

At InterAction, Mr. Worthington strengthened the impact and collective voice of the U.S. NGO sector and led its engagement on a wide range of policy and programs with the highest levels of the United Nations – including as a principal on the U.N. Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) – multilateral institutions, governments, philanthropies, the private sector, and civil society. In 2015, he was a resident policy fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center, Italy.

Previously Mr. Worthington served as President & CEO of Plan International USA (1994-2006), and on the executive leadership of Plan International, a large global child rights NGO. He recently joined Plan USA’s Board of Directors.

He is currently Vice Chair of the Van Leer Foundation and the Bernard Van Leer Foundation which funds programs promoting early childhood development. He serves on the executive board of the Global Executive Leadership Initiative at the U.N.; Vice Chair of Forus, a global alliance of NGO platforms; sits on Brown University’s Advisory Board at the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Studies; and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

Mr. Worthington lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with his wife, Renée, and has three grown children scattered around the country with their partners.