John Coonrod

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Executive Vice President
United States

John Coonrod is the Executive Vice President of The Hunger Project, where he is responsible for research and advocacy. He works closely with the President and CEO on all aspects of strategy, including programs, fundraising and communications.

He is a leading spokesperson for the organization and has been interviewed on BBC, CNN and NBC television. John is an expert on bottom-up, gender-focused development and decentralized local governance who has lectured at the United Nations, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), New York University (NYU), Princeton University and the United States Air Force Academy.

John serves as co-chair of InterAction's Food Security and Agriculture working group, as advisor and board member to a number of emerging international NGOs, and he is on the vestry of St. Bartholomew's Church. He is an avid amateur photographer and figure skater.

John became The Hunger Project's first volunteer in March of 1977, joined its staff in 1985, and has participated in the development and implementation of all of its programs.

John grew up in the Midwest and was trained as a physicist at Stanford (BSc) and the University of California-Berkeley (MS, PhD), during which time he was active in the civil rights and anti-war movements. He worked as a research physicist at Princeton University from 1978 through 1984. As a physicist, he was involved in the design and construction of the High-Energy Astronomical Observatory satellite, the first whole-body CAT scanner and the first tokamak designed to achieve a break-even fusion reaction.

At The Hunger Project, John met his colleague and future wife Carol. They were married in 1988 and are living happily ever after.

Blog Posts

Building Resilience through Local Capacity

May 22, 2014
After returning from a conference on resiliency, Hunger Project Executive Vice President John Coonrod contributed to the Local First blog with a post titled "Resilience: Entry Point for Transformation." Local First is a development approach that looks first for the capacity within countries before bringing in external expertise and resources. 


Changing Mindsets, Empowering People

May 5, 2014
Hunger Project Executive Vice President John Coonrod recently spoke with Let’s Talk (a blog hosted by the World Bank’s Chief Economist) team as part of the launch of the World Bank’s upcoming World Development Report on "mind and culture."


1,000 Days and International Women's Day: Liberation and Nutrition

March 14, 2014
Executive Vice President John Conrood writes on "Liberation and Nutrition" for International Women's Day 2014 on the 1,000 Days Nutrition Newsroom blog.


Gender, Democracy and the Zero Hunger Challenge

February 24, 2014
Learn more about the connections between gender, democracy and the Zero Hunger Challenge in John Conrood's latest blog post.