Walton Family Foundation Names Caryl Stern As New Director

BEVERLY HILLS, CA – APRIL 19: Caryl M. Stern, President and CEO, U.S. Fund for UNICEF speaks at the 2017 World Of Children Hero Awards at Montage Beverly Hills on April 19, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Randy Shropshire/Getty Images for World of Children)

BENTONVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A longtime advocate for civil and children’s rights has been hired to head the nonprofit established by the family of Walmart’s founder.

The Walton Family Foundation on Monday announced that Caryl M. Stern will become its executive director in January 2020.

Stern has more than 30 years of experience working for nonprofits, most recently serving for 12 years as president and CEO of UNICEF USA. She is also the former chief operating officer and senior associate national director of the Anti-Defamation League.

The Walton Family Foundation based in Bentonville, Arkansas, last year awarded more than $595 million in grants for education, environmental and other causes.

Stern replaces Kyle Peterson, who announced in January he would be stepping down.

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