Oxfam America Unveils Key Leadership Changes

International relief and development organization Oxfam America has welcomed three new officials to its management ranks: Wendy Sherman as board chair, Barry Gaberman as vice chair, and Darius Teter as vice president of programs.

Sherman comes to Oxfam from the Albright Stonebridge Group and the Albright Capital Management. She also brings with her an extensive background in diplomacy and international affairs, having served as counselor for the State Department, a special adviser and policy coordinator on North Korea for the Clinton administration, and assistant secretary for legislative affairs from 1993 to 1996, among other positions.

Sherman will be replacing Janet McKinley, who has stepped down as board chair after five years of service.

Meanwhile, Gaberman was a longtime executive at the Ford Foundation before retiring in 2006. His tenure at the foundation included service in positions ranging from assistant program officer to senior vice president.

Teter will be in charge of overseeing Oxfam’s global development programs and humanitarian response department. His position as vice president of programs also includes oversight responsibilities over Oxfam’s monitoring and evaluation department.

Teter was most recently a deputy vice president at the Millennium Challenge Corp.’s compact operations department, where he oversaw some USD3 billion worth of development projects in 11 countries. He also brings with him experience with the Asian Development Bank, World Bank, U.S. Agency for International Development and various private contractors.

“Oxfam is very fortunate to have such talented and experienced leaders working with us to end poverty, hunger, and injustice,” Raymond C. Offenheiser, president of Oxfam America, said in a news release. “During difficult economic times Oxfam’s Board has worked to ensure our continued stability, allowing us to provide continuous service to those who need it most.”

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