WFP USA Appoints Former UNICEF USA Executive Wendy Rhein to be its Chief of Staff

Published May 26, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC (May 26, 2020) – World Food Program USA (WFP USA) announced that it has named Wendy Rhein as its new Chief of Staff. Previously managing director of UNICEF USA’s Mid-Atlantic office, Ms. Rhein manages WFP USA’s strategic planning process, oversees organizational growth and culture, and the President’s office. She also serves as the liaison with the Board of Directors and as its Corporate Secretary.

“I am thrilled to welcome Wendy to WFP USA’s senior management team,” said Barron Segar, World Food Program USA President and CEO. “She is a strong leader, strategic visionary, and accomplished development expert who brings tremendous experience and insight that will help drive our long-term, strategic growth as an organization.”

Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Rhein has focused on causes critical to social justice and building a global community. She has spent much of her career in development, overseeing large development and communications campaigns, foundation giving, major gifts, special events and corporate support. Ms. Rhein has created a niche in organizational change and strategic planning, board transformation, and building new departments and teams.

“Food, access to food and the ability to feed one’s family is a basic human right,” said Ms. Rhein. “I am honored to join WFP USA to play a small role in ensuring that millions of food insecure people across the world don’t go to sleep hungry.”

Before becoming managing director of UNICEF USA’s Mid-Atlantic office, Ms. Rhein served as chief of staff as well as director of campaigns and new initiatives at UNICEF USA. Prior to that, Ms. Rhein served as chief strategy and engagement officer for the Points of Light Foundation. As chief development officer at the Legal Services Corporation, she created their first private fundraising department. She also led development, marketing and communications for the Catholic Legal Immigration Network, an immigrant rights organization.

Ms. Rhein is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. An avid volunteer, Ms. Rhein serves on the boards of directors for Challah for Hunger and the Freedom Network USA and is actively involved in her synagogue as chair of the Youth Committee.

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World Food Program USA (WFP USA) is the recognized leader in America’s pursuit to end global hunger, inspiring citizens to do everything in their power to create a zero-hunger world. WFP USA works with U.S. policymakers, corporations, foundations and individuals to generate financial and in-kind resources for the United Nations World Food Programme to feed families in need around the world and to develop policies necessary to alleviate global hunger. To learn more about WFP USA’s mission, please visit us at

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Colleen Callahan
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World Food Program USA