Counterpart International Names Dr. Ann Hudock President and CEO

May 1, 2019

Dr. Hudock succeeds Dr. Joan Parker as the organization’s 6th CEO

ARLINGTON, Va., May 1, 2019 — The Board of Directors of Counterpart International today announced the appointment of Dr. Ann Hudock as President and Chief Executive Officer. The Board selected Dr. Hudock for her more than 25 years of development experience, which have been marked by proven leadership in innovative global development initiatives and organizational management, and a deep expertise in civic participation, inclusion, and government accountability programming. Dr. Hudock will succeed out-going President and CEO, Dr. Joan Parker.

Dr. Hudock joined Counterpart in 2017 as Executive Vice President, where she oversaw the organization’s Programs, Business Development, Communications, and Program Quality and Learning teams. She successfully led efforts to grow Counterpart’s global program portfolio by cultivating new funders and building on the organization’s body of work with innovative and inclusive approaches to promote civic participation and government accountability.

“The Board unanimously agreed that Ann’s leadership experience, coupled with her strategic thinking and proven ability to deliver results, makes her the right person to continue the outstanding work and exemplary legacy that Joan leaves at Counterpart, including having launched the Social Sector Accelerator and the more recent acquisition of the WomenLead Institute. Indeed, we are confident that Ann will ably execute Counterpart’s strategic priorities and drive sustainable programmatic growth,” said Raul R. Herrera, Chairman of the Board. “On behalf of the entire Counterpart Family, I am grateful to Dr. Parker for her eight and a half years of distinguished service with the organization, where she masterfully guided socially and economically transformative programs that built more inclusive, prosperous communities around the world.”

“I am so proud of Counterpart’s work and our worldwide team. Our reputation tells the story of who we are: devoted professionals dedicated to the success of our local partners and grantees, creating results that last, and living up to the highest ethical standards,” said Dr. Joan Parker. “Ann deeply understands the value of Counterpart’s mission in today’s world and brings us fresh energy and a vision for how Counterpart can continue to address the urgent issues of our time. Leading Counterpart has been an extraordinary honor for me and I look forward to seeing it continue to grow.”

Prior to joining Counterpart, Dr. Hudock served as Senior Vice President at Plan International USA, where she led the expansion of the international program portfolio and served as Vice-Chair of the Plan Federation Program Directors Forum. She was a Managing Director at DAI, diversifying their work beyond U.S. government funding and creating a strong portfolio with UK Department for International Development. Before working with DAI, Dr. Hudock was the Deputy Country Representative and the Acting Country Representative for The Asia Foundation in Hanoi, Vietnam.

Dr. Hudock was one of the first Democracy Fellows at USAID in 1997, working on the civil society team and providing field support to missions around the world. At the U.S. Department of State, she served as Special Assistant to the Under Secretary of State for Global Affairs, covering the Democracy, Human Rights and Labor portfolio.

“It is an incredible privilege for me to be able to embark on this next chapter of Counterpart’s growth as a partner to civil society, the private sector, and governments here and around the world. The work of raising citizen voices and holding governments to account has never been more important,” said Dr. Ann Hudock. “Counterpart’s renewed focus on inclusion of all people in the development agenda builds on 54 years of co- creation of solutions with local partners. I look forward to continuing that legacy with our dedication to support for local leaders, organizations, and networks as the drivers of change.”

About the Counterpart Network

The Counterpart Network consists of three entities: Counterpart International, the Social Sector Accelerator, and the WomenLead Institute. Together, we form a seamless learning and development community with a network of partners stretching across the globe.


For more than 50 years and in more than 65 countries, Counterpart International has ensured that local leaders — even from the most marginalized communities — are at the center of development solutions.  We help leaders, organizations, and networks create solutions and engage their governments to be more responsive to citizen needs.   Partnering inclusive solutions with accountable governments and impactful relationships creates durable solutions that serve everyone.

The Social Sector Accelerator combines an entrepreneurial spirit with Counterpart International’s 50+ years as an innovator. Established in 2014, the Social Sector Accelerator works in the U.S. and around the world with foundations, corporations, and other non-governmental organizations, improving partnerships, increasing access to resources, and building stronger, more capable organizations.

For more than 40 years, the WomenLead Institute has been strengthening women’s leadership and management skills, whether in the United States or around the world. The WomenLead Institute’s leadership and skill building programs have advanced the confidence, capabilities, and successes of an entire generation of women leaders, including up-and-coming leaders of the next generation.   Across 90 countries, the WomenLead Institute’s 6,000+ alumnae are improving their communities every day and coaching other women along the journey.


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