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Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter
Founder, The Carter Center

In 1982, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter founded The Carter Center, a nongovernmental organization guided by a fundamental commitment to human rights and the alleviation of human suffering. Carter Center staff and associates join with President Carter in efforts to resolve conflict, promote democracy, protect human rights, and prevent disease and other afflictions.

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Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Co-Founder, The Carter Center

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter, co-founder of The Carter Center, has worked for more than four decades to improve the quality of life for people around the world. Today, she is a leading advocate for mental health, caregiving, early childhood immunization, human rights, and conflict resolution through her work at The Carter Center.

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Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters
CEO, The Carter Center

Ambassador (ret.) Mary Ann Peters joined The Carter Center as its chief executive officer Sept. 2, 2014. As CEO, Ambassador Peters provides vision and leadership for The Carter Center and oversees all program implementation and operations.

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Jordan Ryan, J.D., M.A.
Vice President, Peace Programs

Jordan Ryan joined The Carter Center as the vice president for peace programs in June 2015. As vice president, he oversees the Center's exciting work to advance freedom and democracy in nations worldwide and help secure for people the civil and political rights that are the foundation of just and peaceful societies.

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P. Craig Withers, M.B.A., M.H.A.
Acting Vice President, Health Programs

Craig Withers serves as acting vice president for health programs at The Carter Center. In this role, he manages the Center's health programs as they fill vacuums in global health, helping to prevent needless suffering and building hope for millions of the world's poorest people.

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Phil Wise
Vice President, Operations and Development

Phil Wise joined The Carter Center in 1994 as vice president of operations and development. During Jimmy Carter's presidency, Mr. Wise was appointments secretary to President Carter; he also served in Mr. Carter's gubernatorial administration in Georgia.

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Chris Brown
Vice President, Finance


Chris Brown is the vice president of finance and has worked at the Center for 21 years. His responsibilities include serving as the organization's chief financial officer as well as managing information technology, risk management, and facilities and grounds.

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