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Dr. Tessie San Martin

President and CEO

Plan International USA






Dr. San Martin is a seasoned executive with more than 25 years of experience working in education policy, economic growth, capacity-building, corporate governance, and political reform around the world. Plan International is one of the oldest and largest international development organizations in the world. The organization focuses on children’s rights and equality for girls in more than 70 countries across Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

In this episode, we discuss:

  • Benefits of listening to young people as leaders instead of telling them what to do
  • How the voice of youth give adults a more rounded view of community needs
  • Why she left the corporate world and chose Plan International as her next career step 
  • How nonprofits are the same as for profit companies and how those similarities contribute to success
  • The consequences of not having a healthy organization
  • How she manages the work/life balance
  • What can be challenging and detrimental to nonprofits


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