Anne Lynam Goddard is president and CEO of ChildFund International, a global development organization dedicated to serving children in the world’s poorest places. She has been a passionate voice for protecting the world’s most vulnerable children for more than 30 years.
Goddard began her career in the Peace Corps, living in a mud house in Kenya and traveling among remote villages by motorbike. After earning a master’s degree in public health from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, she joined the international humanitarian organization CARE and lived and worked overseas for almost 20 years, serving in a variety of roles in Somalia, Bangladesh, Indonesia and Egypt.
In 2007, Goddard joined ChildFund as president and CEO. At ChildFund, she has drawn on her personal experiences to direct the organization’s efforts to promote child protection strategies around the world, raising awareness of the threats to children’s ability to find opportunity, hope and self-sufficiency. Building on the organization’s nearly 80-year history, Goddard has also implemented a strategy that expands and deepens ChildFund’s worldwide efforts to improve children’s health, education and economic conditions.
Goddard is active in her own community and in other nonprofit organizations. She serves on the board of directors for InterAction, the Basic Education Coalition, and the Richmond Forum. She is currently a board member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, a member of the federal Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid, and serves on the executive advisory committee for the University of Richmond’s Robins School of Business. In 2009, Goddard received an honorary Ph.D. from Assumption College (Mass.).e