Caryl Stern

Caryl M. Stern in Lodwar, Kenya

Caryl M. Stern is the President & CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, following 27 years of non-profit and education experience. Caryl previously served as the Chief Operating Officer and Senior Associate National Director of the Anti-Defamation League, the founding Director of the Anti-Defamation League's A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute and the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University.

Caryl currently serves on the boards of The Container Store, the WE ARE FAMILY Foundation, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, the SEEDS Academy and the Advisory Board to the WNBA. She previously served on the boards of the United Nations International School, Mercy College and the Martin Luther King Memorial Foundation.

Caryl frequently appears in the media and has been publicly recognized for her work. Her honors and awards include the Leading Lights Award from the National Multicultural Institute and the FutureWork Institute, and the Inspiration Award from the United Nations Association of Young Professionals. Caryl has also been named a “Role MOMel “ by the New York Daily News, and one of Jewish Women International's 10 Women to Watch", Working Mother Magazine's "25 Moms We Love", and the FORWARD 50, a list of the 50 most influential Jews in America.

Caryl's latest book, I Believe in ZERO: Learning from the World’s Children (St. Martin’s Press, 2013), offers memorable stories from her travels around the world and describes her inspiration for supporting the world's children.

Caryl holds a B.A. degree in Studio Art from the State University of New York at Oneonta and an M.S. in College Student Personnel Administration from Western Illinois University. She completed her doctoral coursework in this same field at Loyola University in Chicago. Caryl has received a Doctor of Humane Letters degree from both Mercy College and Cedar Crest College.

Caryl is married, and has three sons and two grandchildren.

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