Ertharin Cousin


Ertharin Cousin Executive Director of the World Food Programme Ertharin Cousin is the 12th Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme. She was born in 1957 and raised alongside her three sisters in Lawndale, a poor neighborhood in Chicago, Illinois. Her mother worked in social services, while her father engaged in volunteer community development work. Cousin started her high school education in 1971 at the Lane Technical High School, Chicago, among the first female freshmen and sophomores to be admitted at the school. Lane Technical was rated among the top high schools in Chicago at the time and admitted all male students, prior to the fall of 1971. Cousin graduated in from High School in 1975. She proceeded to the University of Illinois Chicago, where she earned a B.A Degree in 1979. Cousin also studied international law at the University of Georgia School of Law where completed a…