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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. Read full bio »

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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. Read full bio »

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Paige Alexander
CEO, The Carter Center

Paige Alexander joined The Carter Center as CEO in June 2020. She has had a distinguished global development career, with over two decades of experience spanning the government and nonprofit sectors. She has held senior leadership positions at two regional bureaus of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), covering missions and development programs in 25 countries. Read full bio »

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Barbara Smith, M.S.
Vice President, Peace Programs

Barbara Smith oversees the Carter Center’s democracy, human rights, conflict resolution, and rule of law programs, which operate projects and observe elections in countries across the globe. Before coming to The Carter Center, Smith was principal and founder of the international development consulting firm Mountain Time Development.
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Kashef Ijaz, M.D., M.P.H.
Vice President, Health Programs

Dr. Kashef Ijaz became vice president for health programs at The Carter Center on Oct. 1, 2020. In this role, he provides leadership for programs and initiatives working to prevent or eliminate six tropical diseases in 18 nations, as well as efforts to improve mental health care in the United States and abroad. Read full bio »

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Phil Wise
Vice President, Operations and Development

Phil Wise is vice president of operations and development and has worked at the Center since 1994. During Jimmy Carter's presidency, Mr. Wise was appointments secretary to President Carter; he also served in Mr. Carter's gubernatorial administration in Georgia. Read full bio »

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Chris Brown
Vice President, Finance

Chris Brown is the vice president of finance and has worked at the Center since 1994. His responsibilities include serving as the organization's chief financial officer as well as managing information technology, risk management, and facilities and grounds. Read full bio »

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P. Craig Withers, M.B.A., M.H.A.
Vice President, Overseas Operations

Craig Withers manages Overseas Operations serving 30 programs in 17 countries in Asia, Latin America, and Africa as well as election observation missions. He has worked on Guinea worm eradication in Sudan and Nigeria and as a regional technical advisor in Burkina Faso for The Carter Center. Read full bio »

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