Peg Willingham is the Executive Director of Fairtrade America, the U.S. arm of Fairtrade International, the leading international fairtrade certification system. She previously served as Head of Advocacy and Policy at the International Food Policy Research Institute's HarvestPlus program, an international non-profit organization working to support smallholder farmers. 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).
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 is 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.