President & CEO

Dr. Ann Hudock is the president and chief executive officer of Counterpart International. She transforms organizations to achieve mission impact. Her career is dedicated to supporting leaders, organizations, and networks globally.

She started her career in Sierra Leone supporting small farmers, including women’s cooperatives. Through this work, she learned the centrality of governance to development outcomes. An expert in civil society and media sector strengthening, her career spans more than three decades and includes for profit, nonprofit, and public sector leadership roles.

Earlier in her career, she served in the United States Department of State working for the Under Secretary of Global Affairs as the special assistant for Democracy, Human Rights and Labor. The government of Vietnam awarded her two medals for fostering the bilateral relationship. The University of Dayton named her a Distinguished Alumni.

Dr. Hudock served on the advisory committee for the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition and the board of the Association for Women in Development. She chairs the advisory committee of the Human Rights Center at the University of Dayton.

Dr. Hudock is the author of NGOs and Civil Society Development: Democracy by Proxy? published by Polity Press in English, Chinese and Japanese.

Education

  • Ph.D., Development Studies, Institute of Development Studies, University of Sussex, UK
  • M.A., International Affairs (summa cum laude), University of Dayton, Ohio
  • B.A., English with minors in French and Communication (cum laude), University of Dayton, Ohio

“It’s a privilege to support communities around the world who are working to build a better future for themselves and their children. The ability of citizens to raise their voices is essential for improving livelihoods and increasing their role in decisions that impact their lives. The ability of governments to listen and respond, and to provide social services in a transparent and accountable way, ensures sustainability of these efforts. Counterpart is unique in how it brings together citizens and governments to advance common causes.”

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