Foreign Policy magazine has named Catholic Relief Services’ president and CEO, Dr. Carolyn Y. Woo, one of the 500 “most powerful people on the planet.”
The list – in alphabetical order – is published in Foreign Policy’s May/June issue and available online. It separates the top 500 into categories – politics, bully pulpit, money, force, brains, evil and good. Woo was one of 33 in the “good” category on the list that included the heads of ten international humanitarian organizations. Only 10 percent of those on the list are women.
The magazine said it defined its “power map” as “our inventory of the people who control the commanding heights of the industries that run the world, from politics to high finance, media to energy, warfare to religion.”
“This acknowledgement is about CRS, not me, as I know enough foreign policy to fill one page of a book,” Woo said. “But this reflects the relevance of the Church in a world which sometimes pegs HER as out of date and out of touch. CRS has tried to stay at the table making the case, by our work in the field and our advocacy, for not only the Catholic position, but its contributions also.”
Woo has been president and CEO of CRS since the beginning of 2012. Before that, she was dean of the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business for 17 years. A native of Hong Kong, Woo received her education at Purdue University.