Carol Bellamy (born January 14, 1942) has been Director of the Peace Corps, Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), and President and CEO of World Learning. In April 2009, Bellamy was appointed as Chair of the International Baccalaureate (IB) Board of Governors. She is currently working as Chair of the Global Partnership for Education, a multidonor trust fund based in Washington DC that aims to reach the Millennium Development Goals 2 and 3 and the Dakar Objectives of Education for All.(www.globalpartnership.org) On February 18, 2011, Bellamy was named Chair of the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, a non-profit organization that aims to ensure that recruitment of foreign-educated health professionals to the United States is ethical, responsible, and transparent.
Early life and education
Bellamy was born and raised in Scotch Plains, New Jersey, where she graduated from Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School in 1959. She attended Gettysburg College, where she was a member of Delta Gamma, and graduated in 1963. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law in 1968. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Guatemala from 1963 to 1965.
Bellamy was a managing director at the now defunct Bear Stearns from 1990 to 1993, a Principal at Morgan Stanley from 1986 to 1990, and an associate in the New York law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore from 1968 to 1971. In 1968, she was to be one of the subjects of Jean-Luc Godard's film One A.M. (later released as One P.M. by D. A. Pennebaker) where she described her philosophy of using business to accomplish social change. Her speech was then 00satirized by Rip Torn wearing a US Civil War uniform in front of a Brooklyn middle school class.
Bellamy was elected to the New York State Senate in 1972, representing a Brooklyn district. In 1977, she was elected the first female president of the New York City Council, a position she held until her unsuccessful bid for Mayor of New York in 1985. In 1982 she considered running for Governor of New York. In 1990 she was an unsuccessful candidate for New York State Comptroller. In 2005 she was appointed to the New York State Board of Regents, which oversees all state education activities and the state Department of Education.
From 1995 to 2005, Bellamy completed ten years as Executive Director of UNICEF. She was appointed to that position in 1995 by Boutros Boutros-Ghali, then the Secretary-General of the United Nations. Bellamy was granted a second five-year term in 2000 by Boutros-Ghali's successor, Kofi Annan. UN policy states that agency heads may serve no more than two five-year terms.
Though Bellamy's tenure was tumultuous, she is credited with having left behind a fiscally sound organization with strong internal controls. She doubled UNICEF's resources from roughly $800 million in 1994 to more than $1.8 billion in 2004. She was succeeded as UNICEF Executive Director by Ann M. Veneman.
Bellamy was appointed the President and CEO of the Brattleboro, Vermont-based World Learning and president of its School for International Training in 2005. World Learning is a global organization with operations in more than 75 countries that fosters global citizenship through experiential education and community-driven development programs. Organizations that fund World Learning include the Tides Foundation and Rockefeller Financial Services.
On July 25, 2007, Bellamy was elected Chair of the board of directors of the Fair Labor Association (FLA). The FLA advocates for workers' interests by promoting international labor standards. "For eight years the FLA has been strengthening its capacity to work with companies, factories, civil society organizations and others to end sweatshop labor and protect workers' rights. It is now moving beyond its rigorous monitoring program to focus greater attention on identifying the root causes of these problems and to develop sustainable compliance programs," said Bellamy in accepting the position.
In April 2009, Bellamy replaced Monique Seefried as the Chair of the International Baccalaureate's Board of Governors. She delivered a keynote speech at IB's Peterson Lectures on "The Serious Business of Children".
Bellamy is a former Fellow of the Harvard Institute of Politics at the John F. Kennedy School of Government and an honorary member of Pi Alpha Alpha. At its 1982 commencement ceremonies, Barnard College awarded Bellamy the college's highest honor, the Medal of Distinction.
"In a global economy worth over $30 trillion, it is clear that the necessary resources and know-how to reach every child are well within our grasp", Bellamy told a gathering in Stockholm in 2002.
1990 New York State Democratic Ticket
- Governor: Mario Cuomo
- Lieutenant Governor: Stan Lundine
- Comptroller: Carol Bellamy
- Attorney General: Robert Abrams
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- Thompson, Clifford. "Carol Bellamy", Current Biography Yearbook, p. 53. H. W. Wilson Company, 1999. ISBN 0-8242-0988-5. Accessed August 10, 2011. "Bellamy acted in student productions of musicals at Scotch Plains-Fanwood High School, from which she graduated in 1959."
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- Nagashima-Hayashi, Michiko. "Former UNICEF Executive Director receives humanitarian award in Japan," UNICEF web site (2006)]
- "Notable Former Volunteers / Nonprofit and Development". Peace Corps official site. Accessed January 5, 2007.
- The Fales Library Guide to the Carol Bellamy Papers
- World Learning
- World of Learning – Carol Bellamy biography
- Peace Corps biography
- Carol Bellamy UNICEF Biography
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- World Learning press release announcing new president
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