The Pearl S. Buck International Board of Directors has hired Anna Katz as the new president and CEO of Pearl S. Buck International.
Katz replaces outgoing President and CEO Janet L. Mintzer, who will retire April 30, after almost 20 years of service with the organization. Katz began her term as president and CEO on April 13.
“I am humbled by the mission of Pearl S. Buck International and believe Pearl S. Buck’s legacy of valuing diversity and inclusion is as relevant today as it was in her lifetime,” said Katz. “I am honored to take on this new position and continue to promote her legacy.”
Katz brings nonprofit and international leadership and experience to her new role. Her job history of serving populations in need, especially women and children both domestically and abroad, aligns with Pearl S. Buck International’s mission of carrying on Pearl S. Buck’s legacy of bridging cultures and changing lives through humanitarian aid, intercultural education, and historical tours of the Pearl S. Buck House, a National Historic Landmark.
Pearl S. Buck believed in advocating for the most vulnerable populations, such as children and those facing discrimination due to the circumstances of their birth, and being a voice and activist against gender, racial, and human rights inequalities. Katz, just like Pearl S. Buck, has a lifelong reputation for social justice commitment.
Katz received her Bachelor of Arts in Administration from Goddard College, Plainfield, Vt., and her Master of Public Administration from Rutgers University in Camden, N.J. She began her career as the executive director of the AIDS Coalition of Southern New Jersey Inc. She also served as the executive director of The South Jersey Council on AIDS, Inc.
Her nonprofit service continued as vice president of children services for Dooley House Inc., the first home in New Jersey for children with HIV/AIDS.
Katz also served as Director of Programs for Women Against Abuse.
In 2011, Katz made the transition from nonprofit work to the government sector, as a foreign service officer for U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), which leads the U.S. government’s international development and disaster assistance through partnerships and investments that save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance, and help people emerge from humanitarian crises and progress beyond assistance.
She served the agency as executive officer and as gender development officer.