Henrietta H. Fore is the Excutive Director of UNICEF. Previously, Ms. Fore served as the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Holsman International, a manufacturing, consulting, and investment company. The Holsman companies include the 64-year-old Stockton Products, a manufacturer and distributor of steel and wire products. Ms. Fore serves as Co-Chair of Asia Society and Co-Chair of Women Corporate Directors. She is a Trustee of the Aspen Institute and the Center for Strategic and International Studies. She serves on the Corporate Boards of Exxon Mobil Corporation (NYSE: XOM) and Theravance, Inc. (NASDAQ: THRX). In addition, Ms. Fore provides advisory services to several international corporations, including the Coca-Cola Company.
From 2007 to 2009, Ms. Fore served as the Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and Director of United States Foreign Assistance, holding the equivalent rank as Deputy Secretary of State. Ms. Fore was the first woman to serve in these roles. She was responsible for managing $39.5 billion of U.S. foreign assistance annually, including support to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms. She oversaw an annual budget of $12.3 billion, and a staff of approximately 8,000, of whom more than 75 percent worked overseas in USAID field offices. She served on the Boards of the Overseas Private Investment Corporation, and the Millennium Challenge Corporation. Ms. Fore received the Distinguished Service Award in 2009, the highest award the Secretary of State can bestow.
From 2005 to 2007, Ms. Fore served as Under Secretary of State for Management, the Chief Operating Officer for the Department of State. She was responsible for the people, resources, facilities, technology and security of the Department and was the Secretary’s principal advisor on management issues. She oversaw a management budget of $3.6 billion, 7,200 employees, 30,000 contractors and 267 embassies and posts in 172 countries.
Ms. Fore served as the 37th Director of the United States Mint in the Department of Treasury from 2001 to 2005. She managed the world’s largest manufacturer of coins, medals, and coin products. The United States Mint produced 13 billion coins in 2004 for the nation’s trade as well as gold, silver and platinum bullion coins and commemorative coins and medals for investors and collectors. She was elected President of the International Mint Directors. Ms. Fore received the Alexander Hamilton Award in 2005, the Department of Treasury’s highest honor for her service as Director of the United States Mint.
Prior to this, Ms. Fore managed private companies manufacturing steel and cement products for the construction industry.
Ms. Fore also serves on the Boards of the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, Diagnostics for All, Center for Global Development, Initiative for Global Development, Middle East Investment Initiative, and Women’s Foreign Policy Group. She is a member of the Economic Club of New York, Council on Foreign Relations, Committee of 200, International Women’s Forum, Wellesley Business Leadership Council, YPO/WPO, and Chief Executives Organization. Ms. Fore serves as Co-Chair of the North Africa Partnership for Economic Opportunity in Partners for a New Beginning.
Ms. Fore has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Wellesley College and a Master of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Northern Colorado. She received the 2006 Alumnae Award from the Baldwin School, and the 2004 Alumnae Award from the University of Northern Colorado. She has also studied International Politics at Oxford University and studied at Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Ms. Fore is married and lives in Washington, DC, Nevada, and Florida. She is a keen sailor and collector of antique Holsman Automobiles.