Nan Dale, Action Against Hunger’s CEO, has had a distinguished career in international public health, child welfare and juvenile justice.
Before joining Action Against Hunger, Ms. Dale served as President and CEO of Helen Keller International, managing an agency devoted to the prevention of malnutrition and the elimination of preventable blindness around the world. Prior to that position, she served for 22 years as the President and CEO of The Children’s Village, a multi-service agency for children, adolescents and families, located principally in Dobbs Ferry, New York. She also created and ran the Children’s Village Institute, a separate not-for-profit corporation to house the Center for Child Welfare Research, initiated to bridge the gap between practitioners, academics and policy makers. During her tenure at Children’s Village, she brought the agency from a fledgling organization with an annual budget of $3 million to a multi-service $43 million agency with a national reputation for program excellence and innovation.
Ms. Dale’s career took an international turn when she took a leave of absence from Children’s Village in 1993 to serve victims of the ethnic cleansing taking place in Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina. She developed The Croatia Project to improve conditions in the refugee camps, develop schools and psycho-social support, and train local personnel and NGO staff members in post-traumatic stress syndrome and conflict resolution work with adolescents.
After returning to Children’s Village, Ms. Dale became engaged in a range of international programs, including assisting Doctors of the World in Sierra Leone to assess support services for war victims testifying before the International Criminal Court, working with the American Friends Service Committee in Iraq in 1999 to investigate the effect of UN sanctions on maternal and child health, and developing youth exchanges between Croatia and Children’s Village.
Ms. Dale has published extensively, particularly in the area of child welfare. She is sought after as a speaker and panelist and has also received numerous awards for her work. Ms. Dale earned a BS in psychology from New York University and a MS Special Education from Yeshiva University in New York City. She has also completed coursework towards a Ph.D. in Neurobiology.
- Leveraging Short-Term Relief for Long-Term Gains in Garbatulla, Kenya (September 30, 2011), Huffington Post
- Confronting Adolescent Bias and Intolerance Through Cross-Cultural Immersion: An American-Croatian Collaboration (2001) Dale, N.
- Between Iraq and a Hard Place (1999) Children’s Voice, Volume 8, Number 3.
- Another View of Children’s Village (June 30, 1996) The New York Times.
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