Henrietta H. Fore

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Henrietta Fore
Henrietta H. Fore
Executive Director of UNICEF
In office
January 1, 2018 – January 31, 2022
Secretary GeneralAntónio Guterres
Preceded byTony Lake
Succeeded byCatherine M. Russell
Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development
In office
November 17, 2007 – January 20, 2009
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byRandall Tobias
Succeeded byRaj Shah
Under Secretary of State for Management
In office
August 2, 2005 – November 17, 2007
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byGrant Green
Succeeded byPatrick Kennedy
37th Director of the United States Mint
In office
August 2001 – August 2, 2005
PresidentGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byJay Johnson
Succeeded byEdmund Moy
Personal details
Born (1948-12-09) December 9, 1948 (age 75)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationWellesley College (BA)
University of Northern Colorado (MPP)

Henrietta Holsman Fore (born December 9, 1948) is an American public health and international development executive who served as the 7th Executive Director of UNICEF till January 2022.[1] Fore currently serves as Chairman and CEO of Holsman International, a management, investment, and advisory services company. She served in three presidential appointments under President George W. Bush: Fore was the first woman Administrator of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and Director of U.S. Foreign Assistance, the 11th Under Secretary of Management in the Department of State, and the 37th Director of the United States Mint in the U.S. Department of Treasury.[2] She was the presidential appointee for President George H. W. Bush at the United States Agency for International Development.

Early life and education[edit]

Fore was born in Chicago, Illinois.[3] Her mother was from Switzerland. Her father served the military during World War I.[4] Her grandfather is turn of the century architect Henry K. Holsman, inventor of the Holsman Automobile (1902-1911).[5][6]

Fore grew up in Santa Barbara, California and attended Crane Country Day School[7] and Cold Springs School. She attended the Graham-Eckes School in Palm Beach, Florida, and graduated in 1966 from The Baldwin School, a private girls boarding school in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

In 1970, Fore received a B.A. in history, economics, and art from Wellesley College.[4] In 1975, she received a M.S. in public administration from the University of Northern Colorado.[8] In 1986, she studied international politics at the University of Oxford.


After college, Fore worked in the federal government. She then worked at one of her father's companies, a small manufacturing business in the steel industry, a position she held for 12 years.[4] From 1977 to 1989, she was president and director of Stockton Wire Products in Burbank, California.[9] From 1981 to 1989, she was president and the chairman of the board of Pozacorp, Inc. in Burbank, California.[9]

Fore meets with U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on April 10, 2019.

From 2001 to 2005, Fore served as the 37th Director of the United States Mint in the U.S. Department of Treasury, serving Secretary of Treasury, Paul H. O'Neill and Secretary of Treasury John W. Snow.[10]

From 2005 to 2007, Fore served as Under Secretary of State for Management, the Chief Operating Officer for the United States Department of State, serving Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice.[11]

From May 2007 to January 2009, Fore served as the 13th Administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID),[9] and Director of United States Foreign Assistance, holding the equivalent rank as Deputy Secretary of State.

In January 2018, Fore was appointed as the executive director of UNICEF by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres.[12] As part of this position, Fore has worked in collaboration with GAVI, Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations (CEPI), and the World Health Organization, among others, to facilitate vaccination to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic.[4]

Fore resigned in July 2021 to attend to her husband’s serious health issue but offered to stay on until her successor was recruited.[13] Her successor, Catherine M. Russell, assumed office on February 1, 2022.[14]

Fore is currently the Chairman and CEO of Holsman International; Chairman and Owner of Stockton Products[9] and Vincenza; and Chairman and Managing Partner of Seaward International Company. She also serves as a Mission Board Member of EQT Future Fund;[15] Director of Imperative Care;[16] Board Trustee of Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS); and a Board Member of Global Preparedness Monitoring Board,[17] co-convened by the World Bank Group and WHO.

Personal life[edit]

Fore lives in Nevada with her husband Richard L. Fore, who has four children.[4] She has one sister, Marta Babson.[5][6] Fore is a Republican.[18]

Selected honors[edit]

Selected leadership and memberships[edit]

Selected works and publications[edit]


  1. ^ "UNICEF chief Henrietta Fore resigns 'with a heavy heart'". UN News. 2021-07-13. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  2. ^ Stevenson, Richard W. (2001-08-04). "Treasury Nominees Confirmed After Trade Protest by Helms". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  3. ^ Weekly Compilation of Presidential Documents. Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Service, General Services Administration. 1991.
  4. ^ a b c d e Baumberger Crane, Barbara (2020). "Interview with Henrietta Holsman Fore, Executive Director, UNICEF" (PDF). Wellesley Magazine.
  5. ^ a b "UNHAPPY WITH EARLY AUTOS, ARCHITECT DESIGNED HIS OWN". Chicago Tribune. 21 June 1998. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  6. ^ a b "A Glimpse Inside Our Pebble Beach Experience – Holsman Automobile". holsmanautomobiles.com. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  7. ^ Noozhawk (7 October 2021). "Crane School Honors UNICEF Leader Henrietta Holsman Fore". www.noozhawk.com. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  8. ^ "Henrietta H. Fore". www.unicef.org. Archived from the original on 2019-11-19. Retrieved 2019-11-30.
  9. ^ a b c d e f g "Nomination of Henrietta H. Fore To Be an Assistant Administrator at the Agency for International Development". George H.W. Bush Library & Museum. 3 October 1991.
  10. ^ "Henrietta Holsman Fore Sworn in as Director of U.S. Mint". usmint.gov. United States Mint. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Henrietta H. Fore biography". unicef.org. Retrieved 29 September 2019.
  12. ^ "Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director". Unicef.org. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  13. ^ "Message from UNICEF Executive Director Henrietta Fore to staff". Retrieved 2022-02-01.
  14. ^ "UNICEF welcomes announcement of next Executive Director". www.unicef.org. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  15. ^ a b "EQT Future strengthens Mission Board and installs seasoned bench of Impact Advisors". eqtgroup.com. 26 July 2022. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  16. ^ a b "Imperative Care Appoints Henrietta Fore and Stacy Enxing Seng to Board of Directors". www.businesswire.com. 2022-06-21. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  17. ^ a b "Global Preparedness Monitoring Board Announces New Board Membership, Bringing Diverse Expertise to Independent Monitoring". www.gpmb.org. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  18. ^ "Henrietta Holsman Fore". www.nndb.com. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  19. ^ "令和4年秋の外国人叙勲 受章者名簿" (PDF). Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved November 3, 2022.
  20. ^ "Distinguished Service Award - ACFR". 2021-08-01. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  21. ^ "Dr. Anthony Fauci, WFP's David Beasley, UNICEF's Henrietta Fore Honored for Unwavering Commitment to U.S. Global Leadership on World AIDS Day". USGLC. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  22. ^ "Inaugural CRDF Global Henrietta H. Fore Women in Science Fellowship to Advance Science Collaboration". www.newswise.com. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  23. ^ a b c d "Henrietta Fore". academyofdiplomacy.org. The American Academy of Diplomacy (AAD). Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  24. ^ NMN. "Fore given Hamilton Award". Numismatic News. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  25. ^ "HENRIETTA HOLSMAN FORE SWORN IN AS DIRECTOR OF U.S. MINT". U.S. Department of the Treasury. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  26. ^ a b "Henrietta Fore". Ted.com. Ted Conference, LLC. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  27. ^ "Henrietta Fore becomes new UNICEF Executive Director". www.unicef.org. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  28. ^ "UNICEF chief to step down after nearly four years in job". Reuters. 2021-07-13. Retrieved 2023-01-20.
  29. ^ "USAID is foreign policy's best value". POLITICO. 2 November 2011. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  30. ^ "Henriette H. Fore to serve as board chair of the Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children | End Violence". End Violence Against Children. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  31. ^ "Board: Board of Directors". Millennium Challenge Corporation. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  32. ^ "Henrietta Fore". Varkey Foundation. Retrieved 2022-04-28.
  33. ^ "Co-Chairs and Trustees". Asiasociety.org. Retrieved 1 October 2019.
  34. ^ "Henrietta H. Fore". unicef.org. Archived from the original on 12 April 2019. Retrieved 1 October 2019.

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