Feed the Children, an Oklahoma City-based charitable organization that feeds hungry children worldwide, announced Friday that J.C. Watts has been appointed the new president and CEO by its board of directors, and he will begin his duties Feb. 1.
Watts will broaden existing programs and develop key initiatives and partnerships.
The board of directors found Watts to be the best candidate with his unique background and overarching knowledge in both politics and business. His experience serving others domestically and abroad, defending human rights, and combatting global poverty position him as the perfect leader for Feed the Children, it was stated.
“Our vision is to create a world where no child goes to bed hungry, and the board trusts that J.C. will help us fulfill this goal,” said Rick England, Feed the Children board chairman. “With J.C.’s diverse skill set, solid leadership and unwavering compassion, our organization will continue moving forward in our national and international efforts.”
Prior to his role as Oklahoma congressman, where his peers elected him chairman of the Republican Conference, Watts was Oklahoma Corporation Commission chairman and a youth minister. Watts will maintain his role as chairman of Watts Partners, and management of his other businesses.
Since 1979, Feed the Children has grown into one of the leading U.S.-based charities.