Paige Alexander leads The Carter Center in its efforts to advance peace, human rights and health care across the globe through conflict resolution, election observation and disease eradication programs.

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Paige Alexander serves as chief executive officer of The Carter Center, a nonprofit organization founded in 1982 by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter to advance peace and health worldwide. Alexander joined the Center in 2020 at a pivotal time for the organization and the country. In her first year, Alexander led the organization through the COVID-19 pandemic and a period of national social upheaval, while envisioning a path forward for The Carter Center as it transitioned from an organization that was founder-led to one that is guided by its founders’ principles.

Since that time, Alexander has led The Carter Center in new directions, bringing its decades of experience supporting international elections to bear with increased involvement in U.S. elections; increasing advocacy for mental health care reform; and driving innovation across the organization’s portfolio of programs.

Before joining The Carter Center, Alexander had a distinguished global development career, with more than two decades of experience in the government and nonprofit sectors. She held senior leadership positions as a senate-confirmed assistant administrator for two regional bureaus of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), covering missions and development programs in 25 countries.

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