Executive Vice President
John Coonrod is the Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project. In this role, he leads The Hunger Project’s Secretariat Team at the Movement for Community-led Development, serving as the Movement’s co-founder and global coordinator.
John’s passion and dedication has supported the growth of the Movement, which now includes over 70 international NGOs and 1500 civil society organizations from around the world.
John was The Hunger Project’s first volunteer in March of 1977, joined its staff in 1985, and has participated in the development and implementation of all of its programs.
He is a lead spokesperson and advocate for bottom-up, gender-focused development and decentralized local governance. He has lectured about the topic at the United Nations, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), Princeton University and the United States Air Force Academy.
John grew up in the Midwest and was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD), during which time he was active in the civil rights and anti-war movements. He worked as a research physicist at Princeton University from 1978 through 1984. As a physicist, he was involved in the design and construction of the High-Energy Astronomical Observatory satellite, the first whole-body CAT scanner and the first tokamak designed to achieve a break-even fusion reaction.
At The Hunger Project, John met his colleague and future wife Carol. They were married in 1988 and are living happily ever after in Washington, DC.
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