Ertharin Cousin Net Worth, Early, Life, Education, US Ambassador, WFP, Boards, Awards and Net Worth

Published Date   18th Aug. 2017, 23:57 pm
Ertharin Cousin Net Worth, Early, Life, Education, US Ambassador, WFP, Boards, Awards and Net Worth
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Birth Name: Ertharin Cousin
Nationality: American

Executive Director of United Nations World Food Programme, Ertharin Cousin net worth escalated as she took over the major positions and successfully accomplished her responsibilities.


Ertharin Cousin is currently serving as the Executive Director of United Nations World Food Programme. Previously, she has served as the United States Ambassador to the United National Agencies for Food and Agriculture. Moreover, Ertharin Cousin net worth rose as she undertook prestigious positions like chief of the US Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome and variety of public and private sectors. As a result, Forbes and Time magazine featured her in their 100 Most Powerful Women list.

Early Life and Education

Ertharin Cousin was born in 1957 in Chicago, Illinois in the United States of America. She grew up in with her three siblings in Chicago under the parenthood of her mother Anne Cousin and father. Anne Cousin worked in the social services sector while her father worked as a volunteer in community development works.

In 1971, Ertharin Cousin net worth rose as she entered Chicago’s top-rated high school, Lane Technical High School. She graduated from her high school in 1975. Later, she went to the University of Illinois at Chicago from where she earned her B.A. degree in 1979. She then earned her J.D. degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1982. Afterwards, she went to study international law under former US Secretary of State Dean Rusk.

Early Career

Ertharin Cousin net worth started to rise as she worked in Illinois as Assistant Attorney General. In addition, she took the responsibility as Western Regional Office Director for the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Cousin also worked as Deputy Director of the Chicago Ethics Board and Director of Governmental Affairs for AT&T.

She later moved to Washington and started working as Deputy Chief of Staff for the Democratic National Committee in 1993. The following year, she joined Clinton Administration as the White House Liaison at the US State Department. Due to her excellent performance, she became the Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State in 1996 Olympic Games.

She left the position in 1996 so that she would run the Illinois operation of the Clinton-Gore presidential campaign. After victorious completion of campaign, Cousin took the position of Vice-President of Government, Community and Political Affair in 1997.

Food Industry and Charity

Ertharin Cousin net worth rose in 1997 as she got appointment to the Board for International Food and Agricultural Development. The appointment was for 4-years during which she supported many agricultural projects run by US Agency for International Development. Meanwhile, she was also serving as the Vice-President of Jewel Food Stores for Government and Community Affairs. Albertsons LLC bought Jewel Food Stores in 1999. Cousin worked as President and Chair of Albertsons in addition to serving as spokesperson. Her major responsibility included managing the organization’s humanitarian activities.

In 2004, Cousin became the Executive Vice President of America’s largest domestic hunger organization, America’s Second Harvest. Moreover, she took over the position of Chief Operating Officer in the organization. One of the major achievements as COO and Vice President of the organization was to lead the organization’s response during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The organization distributed more than 62 million pounds of food to those in need. Furthermore, she helped raise annual revenue of the organization to $56 million during her tenure, which was more than double of the previous revenue.

In 2006, she left America’s Second Harvest to serve as President of national public affairs consulting firm, The Polk Street Group. However, she left the position after three years handling it to her son, Maurice Cousin, so as to accept ambassadorial appointment.

Service as U.S. Ambassador

President Barack Obama nominated Ertharin Cousin for the position of United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture in the mid-2009. A couple of months later, Ertharin Cousin net worth heightened as she swore for the position. She served as the chief of the UN Mission to the UN Agencies in Rome. Further, she served as the part of the “Tri-Mission Community”.

Her major responsibilities included providing food relief to Port-au-Prince following 2010 Haiti earthquake. Due to her remarkable and timely action, she received admiration. People addressed her as “Your Excellency” and 120 guests attended her farewell in 2012.

Executive Director of World Food Programme

After leaving the position chief of Mission Residence, Ertharin Cousin net worth rose as US State Department chose her as Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme. Cousin became the 12th executive director for WFP on April 2012. She took full responsibility and supported WFP’s transition from food aid to assistance.

Boards and Associations

Cousin is involved in various boards in addition to holding prestigious positions. She joined the board of America’s Second Harvest in 2002. In addition, Cousin is the member of the Leadership Council of Compact 2025.

Awards and Accolades

During the time she was serving under Clinton administration, Ertharin Cousin net worth rose as she received Meritorious Service Award. Similarly, the Governor of Illinois awarded her with the Order of Lincoln (the state’s highest honor” in 2015 for her work in social sector.

Personal Life and Net Worth

Ertharin Cousin is a divorcee and has a son, Maurice Cousin. The woman who takes care of the people in need was in need during her early days. However, she rose from poverty to being one of the remarkable personalities in the present day. Therefore, Ertharin Cousin net worth and reputation skyrocketed; however, her net worth is unavailable. It is because, what Cousin did is more important than how much she earned doing the work.

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