The Carter Center announced the selection of Paige Alexander as its next CEO, replacing retired Ambassador Mary Ann Peters when she retires in June. The center’s global CEO search began in the fall.
“My life’s work has been to lift up human rights, justice and fairness, economic and social opportunity,” Alexander said in a statement. “For years, I have observed and admired the work of The Carter Center on the ground and in global human rights, health and peace-keeping contexts. Joining the Center at this time of transition, when the world needs the founders’ vision, legacy and mission more than ever, is the privilege of a lifetime.”
Board Chair Jason Carter said in the announcement, “Paige Alexander has had a distinguished global career, during which she has held leadership positions for a total of 15 years at USAID and over a decade in the nonprofit sector.” He added, “Paige has deep experience relevant to The Carter Center. This includes election monitoring, democracy- and peacebuilding, rule of law, health systems strengthening and mental health. She is as comfortable in remote rural communities as with heads of state.”
Alexander met with former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in his hometown of Plains, Ga. “Rosalynn and I are excited about Paige Alexander becoming the CEO of The Carter Center. We believe her energy, experience, ideas, and ambition for our mission will enable the Center to build on its legacy and important work. Paige is exceptionally well-qualified to leader the Center into its next chapter, and she is fully aligned with our vision and values. We are confident that many of the Center’s most significant accomplishments are yet to come,” he said.