Radha Muthiah, President and CEO, joins the Capital Area Food Bank following a career spanning multiple sectors, where she has led and grown both start-up and established organizations in the US and internationally. As CEO, she leads a team that works to distribute over 45 million pounds of good, healthy food, directly and through a network of 400+ partners, to 540,000 people in the greater Washington region each year. She is also focused on the growth of the food bank’s long-standing partnerships; the creation of innovative new partnerships; and its groundbreaking work to ensure that food both addresses hunger and can be used to enable better health, education, and a pathway towards more inclusive economic growth in the region.
Most recently, Muthiah served as CEO of the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves, a public-private partnership hosted by the United Nations Foundation to save lives, improve livelihoods, empower women, and protect the environment by creating a thriving global market for clean and efficient household cooking solutions. The Alliance works with a strong network of over 1,800 community, corporate, foundation, and government partners to accelerate the production, deployment, and use of clean and efficient cookstoves and fuels in developing countries. Under Muthiah’s leadership, clean cooking rose steadily on the global development agenda and is now included in multiple Sustainable Development Goals and in dozens of countries’ climate action plans.
Prior to joining the Alliance, Muthiah served as the Vice President for Strategic Partnerships and Alliances at CARE International, USA. A key aspect of her work was to recognize and build upon areas of strength and synergy for CARE and its partners to eradicate poverty through the empowerment of women and girls.
Muthiah has also worked at ICF International, the American Red Cross, Mercer Management Consulting, and the Council on Foreign Relations. She holds a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in economics from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Stanford University.