Caryl M. Stern in Lodwar, Kenya
Caryl M. Stern is the President and CEO of UNICEF USA. Stern is an activist, author, executive, public speaker, mother of three and grandmother of two. A dynamic change-maker, Stern has dedicated her career to helping others through education, compassion, advocacy and rolling up her sleeves. Since 2007, she has served as President and CEO of UNICEF USA, an organization that supports UNICEF’s lifesaving work to put children first.
Under Stern’s leadership, UNICEF USA has more than doubled its fundraising revenue, secured multi-million dollar commitments in support of the world’s children and launched UNICEF Kid Power, the world’s first Wearable-for-Good™ that empowers kids to get active and save lives. Stern has traveled to more than 30 countries in support of UNICEF’s work and has spearheaded the organization’s emergency relief efforts for children affected by disasters, including the 2010 Haiti earthquake, the 2011 East Africa drought, the Ebola and Zika epidemics and the ongoing global refugee and migrant crisis.
A sought-after public speaker on the topics of Kids helping Kids, children and philanthropy, anti-bullying and international development, Stern was invited to present at the White House’s inaugural summit on The United State of Women and was named one of "25 Women Changing the World in 2017" by People Magazine, “20 Most Influential Moms of 2017” by Family Circle, “25 Moms We Love” by Working Mother Magazine and “Ten Women to Watch” by Jewish Women International.
Stern serves on the Board of Directors of The Container Store and the We Are Family Foundation, the Advisory Board to the WNBA and the Advisory Council of the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. Prior to joining UNICEF USA, Stern was an executive at the Anti-Defamation League, the founding director of its A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, and the Dean of Students at Polytechnic University.
In the Media
- CNN Op-Ed: 'Passing SESTA will help protect children against online sex trafficking'
- The Huffington Post: Child Refugees Deserve Better (UNICEF's "Harry and Ahmed" video)
- The World Post/Huffington Post: When the Cost of Marriage is Too High
- Time.com Op-Ed (with Naomi Post, Executive Director of the Children's Defense Fund-New York): Children Must Be at the Top of the U.N. Refugee Agenda
- The Huffington Post: UNICEF Kid Power Innovation and Partnership Helps Kids Get Active and Save Lives
- Huffpost Impact Op-Ed: It’s Unacceptable That an Estimated 1.5 Million Children Die Each Year from Preventable Disease
- Time.com Op-Ed: Obama Should Take Action To Protect the World's Children: U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child is long overdue
- Women in Business Q&A with UNICEF USA President & CEO, Caryl M. Stern; The Huffington Post
- CNN Op-Ed: On Thanksgiving, Think of the Refugee Children
- Flipboard Interview: UNICEF USA President & CEO, Caryl M. Stern
- USA Today Op-Ed: A Devastating Year for Children
- Washington Post Interview: Make Your Charitable Donation Count
- New York Times Sunday Routine: Home Cooking by a World Traveler
- New York Times Letter to the Editor: Victims of Human Trafficking
- New York Times Room for Debate: UNICEF Ambassadors Inspire and Connect With Those in Need
- New York Times: Aid for Children, Facilitated by Wings
- The Jewish Daily Forward: The Courage of a Girl
- 2012 Cause Marketing Forum Conference—An Interview with Caryl M. Stern, President & CEO of the UNICEF USA
- Making a Child's Life Better in Every Corner: A New York Times interview with Caryl M. Stern
- New York Times profile: Corner Office
- New York Times: Off Media Radar, Famine Garners Few Donations
- Working Mother: Most Powerful Moms in Nonprofits
- Hadassah Magazine profile of Caryl M. Stern
- Op-Ed: Famine in Africa: Why Women and Children Need the Most Help
- Op-Ed: Africa's Silent Starvation Crisis
- Op-Ed: The Face of Drought
- Op-Ed: Jews Must Respond to the Crisis in Somalia
- FieldNotes - Caryl M. Stern: A Great Day for the World's Children