Lauren Landis joined World Learning Inc.’s Board of Trustees in October 2019. She is currently the director of nutrition for the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Rome. She has spent most of her career working in the field of relief and development.
Landis began her career in 1985 working for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), then known as Office of the United Nations Disaster Relief Coordinator (UNDRO), in Geneva. She then took on assignments in Washington, DC, and in Africa working as a disaster operations specialist and as an emergency operations coordinator for the U.S. Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance within the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).
In 1993, she turned her efforts to the NGO sector. From 1993 to 1995 she worked for lnterAction as a program officer. In 2002, Landis returned to the U.S. Government to take up the position of director of the Office of Food for Peace within USAID. Subsequently, Landis transitioned to the U.S. Department of State in 2006, where she served as the senior representative on Sudan.
After returning to the UN in 2009, Landis served in Rome for three years as chief of staff and director of the Office of the Executive Director for the WFP, as well as subsequent assignments for WFP leading their Geneva office, and then as country director for Chad.
Landis graduated from Mount Holyoke College with a bachelor of arts in international relations and affairs.