Established in 1965, Counterpart International (Counterpart) has forged strategic partnerships in more than 65 countries. With 350 staff currently operating in 25 countries, Counterpart’s programs encompass humanitarian aid and relief assistance, health care, democracy and governance, natural resource management and feeding the impoverished. Though Counterpart’s projects are diverse, they share a common objective: improving the lives of those in need by empowering people and local institutions to develop innovative, holistic, and lasting solutions that address social, economic and environmental challenges. Learn more at www.counterpart.org
The mission of Counterpart International is to empower vulnerable people to implement innovative, holistic and enduring solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges.
Established in 1965 by an Australian movie star and a Marist priest and run out of a New York City thrift store, the organization—originally known as the Foundation for the Peoples of the South Pacific (FSP)—served post-World War II island communities. Twenty years after the end of the war the island nations of the South Pacific were still suffering from the battles that were waged in their unwitting midst. FSP helped create local institutions with the skills to rebuild infrastructure while offering sustainable solutions to poverty, and in doing so, developed a model of international aid that would become generally accepted as the norm in the development world.
Since those humble beginnings Counterpart International (Counterpart) has forged strategic partnerships in more than 65 countries.
Counterpart’s programs encompass humanitarian aid and relief assistance, health care, democracy and governance, natural resource management and feeding the impoverished. Though Counterpart’s projects are diverse, they share a common objective: improving the lives of those in need by empowering people and local institutions to develop innovative, holistic, and lasting solutions that address social, economic and environmental challenges.
Counterpart International has helped to found more than 10,000 humanitarian and civil society organizations.
Stephanie K. Meeks joined the organization in November 2008 as the third president in the organization's 45-year history. She has initiated a comprehensive strategic positioning exercise called "Counterpart 3.0" to build on Counterpart's historical successes and position it for growth and even greater development impact. As part of this strategy, the organization has adopted an initiative to study climate change adaptation and to design climate resiliency into its programs. The organization is also exploring ways to expand and diversify its funding and build its brand awareness.
Prior to Counterpart, Stephanie was the Acting President and CEO and Chief Operating Officer at The Nature Conservancy, one of the largest and most influential conservation organizations. In these roles, she was responsible for mobilizing 4,000 employees in 35 countries, and an operating budget exceeding $1 billion.
She has led the three largest private fundraising campaigns in the history of natural resource conservation including the successful $1.6 billion Campaign for Conservation. Stephanie has extensive marketing experience that ranges from brand positioning to public relations. She has been responsible for developing brand strategy, publishing an award winning magazine, developing web strategy, and managing public and media relations. She is a frequent public speaker and has addressed business and government leaders on several continents. In 2007, she spoke at the U.N. Forum on Climate Change in Bali, Indonesia and in February 2008 testified before the Unites States Congress on climate policy.
Robert Reynolds Chair, Counterpart International Mill Valley, CA
David Wickline Treasurer, Counterpart International Managing Partner, Alchemy Ventures Group Occidental, CA
Brenda Broz Eddy Vice President, Eddy Associates Los Angeles, CA
Bob Hemphill CEO, AES Solar Energy Arlington, VA
Eamon Kelly Executive Director, Payson Center for International Development, Tulane University New Orleans, LA
Jeffrey T. LaRiche President & CEO, CASTLE Worldwide Morrisville, NC
Stephanie K. Meeks Ex Officio Member President & CEO, Counterpart International Arlington, VA
Gail Moaney Executive Vice President, Director, Ruder Finn New York City, NY
Deborah Nolan Partner, Ernst & Young Oak Hill, VA
Sandra Taylor President, Sustainable Business International Washington, DC
Les Wallace President, Signature Resources Aurora, CO