R4D welcomes new chief of human capital and operations

November 25, 2019   |   United States

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Results for Development (R4D) today announced that John Farden will join the organization to serve in a new position, the chief of human capital and operations (CHCO). His first day will be Dec. 3, 2019.

This is a new executive team position at R4D that is responsible for collaboratively designing, implementing and continuously improving the key business policies and processes needed to execute R4D’s organizational strategy.

Prior to R4D, John spent more than 13 years at Save the Children US — the largest member of the Save International federation — where he served, most recently, as the associate vice president for US programs. In this role, he oversaw program quality and implementation for Save programs that operate across 14 states in the US. He held several positions during his time at Save the Children US, including head of strategy and planning — directing agency-wide planning and strategy execution, and spearheading continuous improvement and change management initiatives across the organization. He was also the senior director of global sponsorship operations, supporting the implementation of community-based education programs in 20 countries around the world.

“We’re excited to welcome John to this new and crucial role at R4D,” said Gina Lagomarsino, R4D’s president and CEO. “We created this new position to lead on operations, with an emphasis on the human side, because we believe that R4D’s greatest asset is its people — our staff around the globe, partners, fellows and coaches. John brings a unique mix of programmatic, operational and strategic experience, and I look forward to working with him on how we can organize, deploy and create processes to better support the people who are helping us achieve R4D’s mission.”

Before Save the Children US, John spent his early career as director of education at the Boys and Girls Club of Hartford and as a teaching fellow at Citizen Schools in Boston.

“R4D’s approach — working with local change agents to strengthen systems and institutions — has always resonated with me,” said John Farden. “As I’ve gotten to know more about the organization, I’ve been extremely impressed with the cadre of passionate experts facilitating this work. R4D has a strong foundation to build upon, and exciting opportunities to do even more to improve health and education outcomes around the world. I look forward to joining the team in December.”

He earned his bachelor’s degree from Cornell University and a master’s degree in education from Lesley University, in Massachusetts. He lives on Capitol Hill with his wife, Lee, and children Jacoby (8) and Jane (6).


About Results for Development
Results for Development (R4D) is a leading non-profit global development partner. We collaborate with change agents around the world — government officials, civil society leaders and social innovators — to create strong systems that support healthy, educated people. We help our partners move from knowing their goal to knowing how to reach it. We combine global expertise in health, education and nutrition with analytic rigor, practical support for decision-making and implementation and access to peer problem-solving networks. Together with our partners, we build self-sustaining systems that serve everyone and deliver lasting results. Then we share what we learn so others can achieve results for development, too. For more information, visit our website at: www.r4d.org.

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