President and Chief Executive Officer, United Nations Foundation
Kathy Calvin is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the United Nations Foundation. Her career started after she graduated from Purdue University with a degree in speech therapy. She quickly decided that she was not patient enough for speech and hearing therapy and that she would prefer a career that provided more immediate feedback.
Calvin soon moved to Washington, D.C. and worked as a researcher and editor before becoming the press secretary of Senator Gary Hart – a job she knew nothing about but excelled at due to her ability to translate big issues into stories that people care about. She then moved on to become the Director of Editorial Administration at U.S. News and World Report where she stayed for 12 years before joining Hill and Knowlton as the Senior Managing Director in charge of leading the U.S. Media Relations practice.
In 1997, Calvin became the Senior Vice President and Chief Communications Officer of American Online and was soon promoted to President of the AOL Time Warner Foundation. It was here that she learned to approach work as a marathon, not a sprint. While at AOL she guided AOL Time Warner's philanthropic activities and was the chief architect of the company's corporate responsibility initiatives.
She has been with the UN Foundation since 2003 and currently serves on the board of Internews.
Fun fact about Kathy Calvin: She enjoys taking long rides on the back of her husband’s motorcycle.
Blog Posts by Kathy Calvin
10 (of many) Reasons to Support the United Nations
Every day, in every part of the world, the UN is working to solve pressing challenges and improve lives. By supporting the UN, each of us can help strengthen its work and build a more peaceful, just world.
October 23, 2013
Celebrating International Day of the Girl
Girls are one of the most powerful forces for change in the world: When their rights are recognized, their needs are met, and their voices are heard, they drive positive change in their families, their communities, and the world.
October 11, 2013
Global Scientific Consensus on Climate Change
If you care about environmental issues, health issues, economic issues, or development issues – or if you just care about the future – then you should know about today’s report from Working Group I of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC).
September 27, 2013
Get a Shot. Give a Shot.
I woke up this morning eager to get my flu shot. Why? Thanks to a new partnership between Walgreens and the UN Foundation’s Shot@Life campaign, getting my flu shot means a lifesaving vaccine will be given to a child who needs it.
September 3, 2013
Citizens Share Their Voices in Advance of the G8
Urgent challenges like poverty, climate change, and disease cross borders and boundaries, affecting us all. Solving these global problems requires global cooperation – and in today’s connected world, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to expand cooperation beyond governments to include the ideas of people from around the world.
June 13, 2013
Want to Change the World? Let Girls Lead
"I want to serve the people. And I want every girl, every child, to be educated." These are the powerful words of Malala Yousafzai, a Pakistani teenage girl who was shot by the Taliban last year when returning home from school...
June 12, 2013
The Post-2015 Development Opportunity
Creating the post-2015 development agenda is a chance to bring people and countries together around a shared vision of a more equitable, prosperous, and sustainable world.
June 4, 2013
Impact through Partnerships
In a resource-constrained world, partnerships and innovation are essential to scaling up creative solutions in the global fight against deadly diseases. In the past decade, we have seen the value that strong global health partnerships can create.
May 17, 2013
We can and must finish the fight against polio
I’ve spent the past two days in Abu Dhabi for the Global Vaccine Summit, a gathering of leaders to highlight the importance of life-saving vaccines to the health of children. Hosted by His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi; United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon; and Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the summit brought together people from across sectors and around the world...
April 25, 2013
Rise Up with Girl Up
Girl Rising 9 girls from 9 countries, whose stories are written by 9 women writers from the girls' respective countries and narrated by 9 actresses including Meryl Streep, Anne Hathaway and Salma Hayek.
March 11, 2013
Celebrate Women Around the World
As we celebrate International Women’s Day and the important contributions of women and girls everywhere, let’s also take time to act.
March 8, 2013
Inaugural Global Entrepreneurs Council Helps Take the UN Foundation to New Levels
Humans are capable of incredible innovation. Today we can land a rover on Mars, take a class without stepping into a classroom, and instantaneously talk to someone on the other side of the globe.
February 8, 2013
2013: A Year to Be Bold
Happy New Year! Thanks to your support, the United Nations Foundation has been helping the United Nations change lives by improving global health, promoting sustainable energy, empowering women and girls, and advocating for a better world for the past 15 years.
January 3, 2013
Common Sense: Integrated SRH/HIV Services
Imagine a life where you live on less than two dollars a day. You have been saving for months to afford a trip to the health clinic. With your payment in hand, you walk three hours to get to the nearest clinic, carrying your young children with you. When you finally arrive, you want to be able to receive information and testing for HIV and also pick up contraception to prevent pregnancy, but you’re told that the clinic does not provide both services. You can get tested for HIV, but you’ll have to walk an additional 20 miles to a separate clinic to obtain contraceptives. Unable to cover the distance, you are forced to return home without the contraception that you want and need.
November 30, 2012
Help Us "Get out the Give!"
Just a few years ago, we all witnessed the birth of a new day that changed the way people think about holiday shopping: Cyber Monday. Today I am writing about something I think can be an even bigger game changer, #GivingTuesday.
November 26, 2012
An Idea to Change the World: Empower Girls
Across the world today, teenage girls are making their voices heard and promoting a transformational idea: empower adolescent girls everywhere. As part of the United Nations Foundation's Girl Up campaign, girls and other supporters are holding more than 50 events in nine countries to celebrate the "International Day of the Girl Child," a day to recognize the power of girls across the world and to advocate for their rights.
October 11, 2012
Meeting the Challenge to Save the Lives of Women and Children
While a lot of important news has been coming out of the United Nations General Assembly lately, there is one story that may not make the front pages, but should be at the front of our minds: the health of women and children around the world.
October 4, 2012
Common Sense: Integrated SRH/HIV Services
Imagine a life where you live on less than two dollars a day. You have been saving for months to afford a trip to the health clinic. With your payment in hand, you walk three hours to get to the nearest clinic, carrying your young children with you. When you finally arrive, you want to be able to receive information and testing for HIV and also pick up contraception to prevent pregnancy, but you’re told that the clinic does not provide both services.
July 26, 2012
Answering a Call to Action from Melinda Gates
Today’s speech by Melinda Gates at TedXChange is a bold and timely call-to-action on family planning. As Melinda rightly points out, there is no controversy about building better lives for our children.
April 5, 2012
Stopping polio: Lessons from India
I’m in India this week with the United Nations Foundation’s Board of Directors – some of the smartest minds I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with – to discuss how we can help the UN solve some of the world’s biggest challenges.
March 29, 2012