Corus appoints Frances Woodard to top human resources post

  • Greg Kresslein
  • Aug 29, 2022

Corus International announced Frances Woodard, SPHR, SHRM-SCP, is joining the international nonprofit as its Chief People & Diversity Officer, effective today.

Woodard brings more than 20 years’ experience in strategic human resources, talent management and organizational effectiveness. Focused on people and culture, she has a record of success advancing diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), a Corus priority.

Woodard most recently served as Vice President, People & Culture at National Quality Forum, a not-for-profit, membership organization dedicated to improving healthcare. She previously directed human resources at the Walton Family Foundation, Human Rights First and the ONE Campaign.

“We conducted a global seach for an HR executive of Frances’ caliber and are delighted she will be leading the Corus family’s change management and culture as we live into modeling the INGO of the future,” Daniel Speckhard, president & CEO of Corus, said. “Frances will play a key role in magnifying our impact in the world by nurturing the talent, relationships and environment that can empower lasting change."

Corus International unites an array of nonprofits and for-profits, including Lutheran World Relief, IMA World Health, CGA Technologies and Ground Up Investing. It employs more than 550 people around the world.

“I’m excited to be joining Corus at such a thrilling time in its journey,” said Woodard, who will be based at the organization’s Washington, D.C., office. “With its growing, diverse workforce, Corus is poised to capitalize on its values and truly make the world a better place.”

Woodard earned an M.S. in Management with a specialization in Human Resources at University of Maryland University College and a B.S. in Business & Management at University of Maryland College Park. Her credentials include Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) from the Society for Human Resource Management and Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) from the Human Resources Certification Institute.

Corus International is a humanitarian organization committed to overcoming poverty and suffering for those living in the world’s toughest and most difficult circumstances. Corus unites an array of nonprofit organizations and businesses, each with specialized expertise — from health to technology to economic development to emergency response. Our approach brings together the comprehensive and multi-dimensional solutions needed to truly achieve lasting change.

Greg Kresslein, Aug 29, 2022 email