Compassion International Appoints First Female Board Chair

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Karen Wesolowski Chosen by Unanimous Vote

“It is an amazing privilege to be allowed to serve in this way,”

Compassion International’s board of directors has unanimously elected Karen Wesolowski as its new chair. She is the first woman to be appointed as board chair in Compassion’s 60-year history.

“Karen has been a wonderful part of our ministry for 12 years,” says Compassion president, Wess Stafford. “She is one of the most enthusiastic, sacrificial board members that I have ever known. She has been blessed with wisdom, spiritual discernment, courage and a humble heart.”

Wesolowski graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a degree in political science. She went on to earn a law degree from the College of William and Mary where she was the executive editor of the Law Review. She practiced law for 10 years before becoming a full-time homemaker.

“It is an amazing privilege to be allowed to serve in this way,” Wesolowski says of her new appointment, “Compassion’s ministry is so close to the heart of God. You see it throughout Scripture as He tells us to care for the poor, especially children in poverty.”

During her tenure on the board, Wesolowski has seen Compassion’s ministry grow tremendously.

“This is an exciting time for Compassion. Now we are a multi-faceted ministry—caring for babies all the way through college students. During my tenure I’ve seen us expand our ministry to include advocacy on behalf of all children living in poverty around the world. And all of us board members have a sense that God has so much more in store for us.”

Wesolowski most recently served as the chair of the Finance Committee on Compassion’s board. She replaces former board chairman, Robert Hawkins.

Karen Wesolowski and her husband, James, live in Arlington, Virginia. They have two adult children.

Compassion International is the world's largest Christian child development organization that permanently releases children from poverty. Founded in 1952, Compassion successfully tackles global poverty one child at a time, serving more than 1 million children in 26 of the world's poorest countries. Recognizing that poverty is more than a lack of money, Compassion works through local churches to holistically address the individual physical, economic, educational and spiritual needs of children—enabling them to thrive, not just survive. Compassion has been awarded eleven consecutive, four-star ratings by Charity Navigator, America's largest charity evaluator.

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