Mrs. McCain’s role representing the U.S. in the worldwide fight against hunger is a natural continuation of her work and focus on humanitarian issues with the McCain Institute
WASHINGTON, DC (June 23, 2021) The McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University (ASU) is proud to support President Joe Biden’s appointment of Cindy McCain to serve as the United States Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture. At the McCain Institute, Cindy McCain has served as chairwoman of the Board of Trustees following the passing of her husband Senator John S. McCain in 2018 and on the Board of Trustees since the organization’s inception in 2010. Mrs. McCain’s leadership, dedication and oversight of the organization’s focus on advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity has been a significant factor in the Institute’s growth and global impact.
An issue she cares deeply about, Mrs. McCain led the Institute’s drive on combatting human trafficking, with her work resulting in legislation in both Arizona and Congress. She carried these efforts and work throughout the United States and in Africa, Asia, Europe and other nations around the world. In addition to her leadership in combatting human trafficking, Mrs. McCain has presented at some of the world’s top forums including the Munich Security Forum, Halifax International Security Forum and the Global Philanthropy Forum.
“I am honored to be selected by President Biden to serve as Ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture,” said Cindy McCain. “The communities this group serves need our support and focus, and I look forward to meeting the challenges this role presents. I’m especially appreciative of the McCain Institute, its board, the team at the Institute and our partners at Arizona State University for their support and for preparing me for this position. The United States has long been a leader in the fight against hunger and malnutrition worldwide. I care deeply about the effectiveness and capacity of the Rome-based food agencies to tackle these challenges. My work at the Institute has shown me the power of committed action to mobilize action for change to benefit the world’s most vulnerable. I am honored to be selected for this post and to represent the United States on the front lines of these challenges.”
Josette Sheeran, executive chairman of the McCain Institute Board of Trustees and former head of the World Food Program said, “Cindy McCain has long demonstrated her commitment to humanitarian action and the world’s urgently hungry. Her pioneering world at the McCain Institute in fighting human trafficking has helped raise global awareness and action for the most vulnerable. In this role, I am confident she will have an equal impact on the issues related to addressing hunger and malnutrition and the world’s most challenged farmer in this important post in Rome.”
About the McCain Institute for International Leadership at Arizona State University
Inspired by the character-driven leadership of Sen. John S. McCain and his family’s legacy of public service, the McCain Institute implements programs and initiatives to make a difference in people’s lives across a range of critical areas: leadership development, human rights, rule of law, national security, preventing targeted violence and combating human trafficking.
About Arizona State University
Arizona State University has developed a new model for the American research university, creating an institution that is committed to access, excellence and impact. ASU measures itself by those it includes, not by those it excludes. As the prototype for a New American University, ASU pursues research that contributes to the public good, and ASU assumes major responsibility for the economic, social and cultural vitality of the communities that surround it.