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Order: 12th Executive Director of the World Food Programme
Country: the United Nations World Food Programme
Term Start: April 5, 2012
Predecessor: Josette Sheeran (2007–2012)
Order 2: 9th
Ambassador From 2: United States
Country 2: the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture
Term Start 2: August 17, 2009
Term End 2: April 5, 2012
Predecessor 2: Gaddi Vasquez
Successor 2: David J. Lane (ambassador)
President 2: Barack Obama
Birth Date: 1957
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois
Party: Democratic Party (United States)
Profession: Government , Charity executive
Ertharin Cousin (born 1957) is, since 2012, the twelfth Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme.
From 2009 to 2012, Ertharin Cousin served under President Barack Obama as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, serving in Rome, Italy, and chief of the United States Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome. Before that, she worked in a variety of public and private sector positions, first as a Democratic Party official, later specializing in the food industry and related charities from the late 1990s on. As of August 2012, Cousin was ranked #69 on the Forbes Magazine's List of The World's 100 Most Powerful Women.
Cousin grew up in the poor Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois along with her three sisters. Her mother, Anne Cousin, worked in the social services field and her father often engaged in volunteer community development work.
She earned a B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1979 and a J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1982. At the latter, she studied international law under former U.S. Secretary of State Dean Rusk.
Cousin worked in Illinois as Assistant Attorney General and Western Regionals Office Director for the Illinois Attorney Generala??s office and as Deputy Director of the Chicago Ethics Board. In the private sector she was Director of Governmental Affairs for AT&T.
She is divorced and has one child.
Cousin moved to Washington, D.C., and during 1993 worked as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Democratic National Committee. She joined the Clinton administration in 1994 as the White House Liaison at the U.S. State Department. There she received a Meritorious Service Award. She served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.
In 1996 she stepped down from that post in order to run the Illinois operation of the Clintona??Gore presidential campaign. After the campaign's victory, she

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U.N. food official makes Thanksgiving visit to her family's West Side church

During a time of year when most Americans indulge, Chicago native and executive director of the U.N.'s World Food Program Ertharin Cousin returned to her West Side neighborhood to help at her family's church and spread a message about global hunger.
Posted: November 23, 2012, 6:24 am

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Bottom photo: Ertharin Cousin is the director of the World Food Programme, the largest hunger relief agency. Right after this list came out the World Food Program USA posed an interesting idea: Why not an alliance between Taylor and Ertharin against hunger?
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SYDNEY: World Food Programme executive director Ertharin Cousin said she is in talks with the Indian government and states to explore food vouchers for the poor facing starvation and malnourishment. Cousin said vouchers are important in taking food to ...
Posted: July 17, 2014, 7:30 pm
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