Barron Segar

President and CEO

World Food Program USA

Barron Segar is the President and Chief Executive Officer of World Food Program USA, the nonprofit charged with inspiring and mobilizing people in the United States to support the U.N. World Food Programme’s mission to save and protect the world’s most vulnerable lives against hunger. He has more than 25 years of experience growing philanthropic and cause marketing platforms for organizations spanning global humanitarian aid, public broadcasting and finance. Under his leadership, World Food Program USA quadrupled its revenue in less than three years and has earned exceptional ratings from multiple trusted agencies for its financial health, accountability and transparency.

A leading voice on global food security, Barron has been featured in major media outlets including Bloomberg TV, NBC News Now, CNN, MSNBC, Forbes, The Hill, The Guardian, The Chronicle of Philanthropy and at events hosted by the Reuters, Devex, Axios, World Affairs Councils of America, and the Global Philanthropy Forum. He has led visits to field operations in multiple countries including Lebanon, Liberia, Ethiopia, Nepal, Guatemala, El Salvador and the Polish border of Ukraine to shine a light on the lifesaving work of the U.N. World Food Programme.

Prior to World Food Program USA, Barron served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Development Officer at UNICEF USA, with organization-wide responsibility for strategy, budget, and critical operational priorities. He led the strategic direction of the Development Division and all regional offices, raising $500 million in annual revenue. Previously, Barron served as the Director of Development for Georgia Public Broadcasting, where he and his team were nationally recognized for record breaking fundraising performance. Barron also has experience in the private sector working in financial services.

For the past three years, The NonProfit Times has recognized Barron on its Power & Influence Top 50 list for leadership centered on innovation, broad sector influence and developing replicable organizational models. Barron is a Founding Board Member of the Elton John AIDS Foundation, serving over 30 years on the National Board of Directors. He currently serves on the Advisory Board for Open Hand Atlanta and Board of Directors for the Non-Profit Alliance.

Barron is a graduate of Leadership Atlanta and earned a bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College.