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Maxine Griffin Somerville

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Maxine Griffin Somerville

Maxine Griffin Somerville serves as Executive Director, Administration & Human Resources of the United Nations Foundation and Better World Fund. In her role, she manages the daily operations of the organization and oversees the human resources function.

Before joining the UN Foundation in 2003, Ms. Somerville was the senior director of administration and human resources for the Center for Policy Alternatives (CPA). Before her work at the CPA, she served as director of administration and human resources for the National Office of the League of Women Voters and administrative associate/budget administrator for the Brookings Institution’s Center for Public Policy Education (CPPE), both located in Washington, D.C.

Ms. Somerville served on the board of directors for the Old Dominion University Alumni Association (ODUAA) from 2003-2010. She previously held the office of president for the Black Alumni Council, a chapter of ODUAA, from 2005-2009. Ms. Somerville is a certified Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR), having earned that designation in 2008. She is a member of the Society for Human Resource Management and Human Resources Association of the National Capital Area where she was formerly held the position of the Volunteers chairperson. She is also a member of the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources. Ms. Somerville is also a past member of the Charles County Commission for Women.

Ms. Somerville holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, and a master’s degree in Public Administration from The George Washington University, in Washington, D.C.