The World Food Prize Foundation

2019 Borlaug Dialogue Speakers

Ms. Tjada McKenna

Tjada joined CARE in 2019 from Habitat for Humanity International where she also served as the COO. Prior to Habitat, Tjada spent over a decade working to end world hunger through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and USAID. She was a key figure in establishing and leading Feed the Future, the U.S.’s global hunger and food security initiative, and 2012’s G8 initiative to unite governments and the private sector to end hunger. She has also worked in the corporate arena, having built a strong skill set in strategy, innovation and management in various roles at McKinsey & Company, American Express and GE. As COO, Tjada oversees CARE’s operations in more than 90 countries and works to scale CARE’s fight against poverty and social injustice. She is a key driver of CARE’s strategic plan which aims to impact 200 million lives by 2020. Tjada earned a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. She and her husband, Joe, have two young sons.

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