World Vision has named Edgar Sandoval their next president and chief executive officer.
Sandoval was born in Los Angeles, but grew up in Central and South America. He came from humble beginnings and returned to the U.S. alone at age 18 to pursue an education. Before World Vision, Sandoval worked in the corporate sector and served in several leadership positions across the U.S. He was the chief operating officer of World Vision for three years before receiving his new role as president.
In a press release, Sandoval said:
“I am humbled by this opportunity to build on World Vision’s 68-year tradition of helping some of the world’s most vulnerable children...My priorities will be to accelerate the impact of our work in the communities we serve with the faithful support of our donors and partners, to strengthen our fundraising capabilities, and most importantly, to be a witness to the love of Jesus Christ in everything we do. These challenges and opportunities are both exciting and urgent.”
Founded in 1950, World Vision helps children, families, and their communities overcome poverty and injustice. They work in 100 countries including Mexico, Uganda, Syria, Vietnam, and tackle issues of poverty in U.S.
Sandoval succeeds Richard Stearns who served at the organization since 1998 until his retirement this year. Streams was appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships in 2009.