Peg Willingham is the Head of Advocacy and Policy at HarvestPlus, a non-profit research organization that improves public health and nutrition with highly nutritious staple food crops to benefit smallholder farming families in developing countries. Prior to joining HarvestPlus in 2015, she was the Executive Director of [email protected] at the United Nations Foundation, leading a campaign to raise awareness and resources to immunize children in developing countries against vaccine-preventable diseases. Ms. Willingham also served as the Senior Director of External Affairs at the Aeras Global TB Vaccine Foundation, Senior Director of Public Sector Development at the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, and Assistant Vice President for Latin America and Canada at the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA). She has presented on National Public Radio, CNN en Español, Voice of America, other media, international conferences, universities, and training courses for journalists and U.S. Government officials.
Ms. Willingham began her career with the U.S. Department of State, where she served as a Foreign Service Officer in Latin America, the Middle East and Washington, DC for thirteen years. Ms. Willingham was a five-time recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award.
Ms. Willingham holds a Master’s degree in English from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s degree in English and History from the University of Virginia, and is a graduate of the University of Virginia’s Sorensen Institute’s Political Leadership Program. She serves on the boards of directors of PYXERA Global and the U.S. Foundation for the University of the Valley of Guatemala.