As a young girl growing up in a lower-income neighborhood on the West Side of Chicago, Ertharin Cousin understood from an early age the importance of a family’s ability to put food on the table. That innate conscience and connection with the plight of others continues to fuel her sense of mission. Today she is responsible for bringing food to more than 100 million people around the world every year as head of the U.N.’s World Food Programme. Her goal is nothing short of eradicating global hunger in our lifetimes, creating a world where no child or adult knows the feeling of an empty stomach. Having been fortunate enough to know her since our service in the Clinton White House, I know that global hunger has met its match.
Emanuel, the mayor of Chicago, served in the Clinton and Obama Administrations