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Kathy Spahn
President and Chief Executive Officer

Home Base: HKI Global Headquarters
New York City, United States

Helen Keller International is proud to receive the 2014 Kravis Prize in Leadership. Read more.

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Read Kathy's blogs on Seed to Sight.

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Kathy speaks with Johnson & Johnson about Neglected Tropical Diseases. Watch the video!

Watch Kathy introduce HKI's programs and impact at the 2013 Spirit of Helen Keller Gala.

Kathy's Bio
Kathy Spahn has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of HKI since March 2005. The reach and impact of the organization has more than doubled during her tenure. Prior to joining HKI, Ms. Spahn was President and Executive Director of ORBIS International, a global non-profit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of blindness in the developing world. As President and Executive Director, she provided overall direction and management for ORBIS International and its four affiliates, five country programs, and medical volunteer corps of 370. Prior to her work with ORBIS International, she was Executive Director of God’s Love We Deliver, a New York-based AIDS service organization dedicated to combating malnutrition and hunger among people living with HIV/AIDS.

Ms. Spahn served as Chair of the board of directors of InterAction from 2010 - 2013, and is now a member of the Board’s Executive Committee.She is also a member of the boards of directors of the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness (IAPB) and The Bernadotte Foundation for Children’s Eyecare. She is a Founding Board member of both the North America chapter of IAPB and the Association of Nutrition Services Agencies (ANSA), and a founding partner of the Global Network for Neglected Tropical Disease Control. She also serves on the Partnership Council of GAIN and on the 2020 and Strategic Advisory Council of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI).

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Photography courtesy of Jarreau Cross.