Oxfam America President and CEO Abby Maxman just returned from visiting staff and partners in Yemen, where more than three years of war have created near-famine conditions and triggered the largest and fastest-spreading cholera outbreak in recorded history. These are her reflections from her time spent on the ground.
President, Oxfam America
“My career has led me to work in some of the most challenging parts of the world, seeing first-hand the impact of poverty, injustice, war and disasters and I’ve always been impressed by Oxfam’s commitment to facing tough challenges with high impact solutions. Today, the fight against global poverty and injustice is more relevant than ever; I am honored to lead the Oxfam team through this next chapter.”
Abby Maxman joined Oxfam America as its president in 2017. She brings over twenty five years of experience in international humanitarian relief and development to her new post. Prior to joining Oxfam, she served as Deputy Secretary General of CARE International in Geneva providing leadership of the Secretariat and across the CARE confederation. She previously served as Vice President of International Programs & Operations for CARE overseeing regional management units and their country offices in East & Central, West and Southern Africa; Latin America & the Caribbean; Asia; and the Middle East/Europe and in regional and country leadership and management roles since 1995.
Prior to CARE, Maxman worked with the U.S. Peace Corps, German Agency for Technical Cooperation, UN World Food Programme, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She has a Bachelor of Arts in History and Political Science from Colorado College and a Master of International Administration from The School for International Training in Brattleboro, Vermont.