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.
In the Media
- 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 U.S. Fund for UNICEF
- 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