FXB International, an organization with a 26-year history of breaking the cycle of extreme poverty, is pleased to welcome Karina L. Weinstein as its new FXB USA Program Director. Ms. Weinstein will lead FXB’s work in the United States by developing a broad base of support for FXB programs, building a strong evidence base for FXB’s impact and expanding its presence in the U.S.
“I am excited to join FXB in the effort to eradicate extreme poverty and bring my experience in the field to this global organization that has such rich history. Through its integrated approach to global development — the FXBVillage model — FXB empowers participants with the tools they need to transform their own lives,” said Ms. Weinstein, noting that she recently saw the programs in action during a field visit to four FXBVillages in Rwanda.
Ms. Weinstein joins FXB at a pivotal moment in the global fight against extreme poverty. “With the adoption of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, the need for new thinking on extreme poverty is more urgent than ever,” said Albina du Boisrouvray, FXB Founder and President Emerita. “Since 1991, FXB has pioneered a holistic and comprehensive approach to ending extreme poverty. I welcome Karina to our team to further this shared mission.”
Previously, Ms. Weinstein was a Program Associate at the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc., where she provided capacity-building services to Junior Leagues to strengthen their community impact programs. From 2008 to 2012, Ms. Weinstein lived in Mexico and held leadership positions in diverse social change organizations dedicated to alleviating poverty. Ms. Weinstein holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Relations from Tufts University and a Master in Public Policy from Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government. Ms. Weinstein is an alumnus of the We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship and a Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations BluePrint Fellowship.
Ms. Weinstein assumed the position of FXB USA Program Director in August and is based in FXB’s New York office. To stay updated on her work at FXB, please follow her on Twitter: @karinaweinstein.
FXB is an international development organization with a 26-year history of breaking the cycle of poverty and uplifting children worldwide. Albina du Boisrouvray founded FXB in honor of her son François-Xavier Bagnoud, a helicopter search-and-rescue pilot who lost his life at 24 in the service of others. Today, FXB has helped lift 81,000 children and adults out of extreme poverty using its comprehensive, field-tested approach: the FXBVillage methodology. The methodology brings the extreme poor to self-sufficiency in three years by simultaneously tackling the five drivers of poverty: lack of food, healthcare, education, housing and income. The methodology is now available in the open-source FXBVillage Toolkit and Planning Guide, which was developed with input from experts at Harvard University and is available online at www.fxb.org/toolkit. The FXBVillage program is currently active in Burundi, China, Colombia, India, Rwanda, Uganda and other countries, with 450 staff members and more than 800 volunteers.