Partners of the Americas Announces John McPhail as New President & CEO

For Immediate Release

Press Contact: Taylor Nelson,, (202) 637.6206

Washington, DC. June 6, 2017 – Partners of the Americas is pleased to announce the appointment of John McPhail as our new president and chief executive officer (CEO). Mr. McPhail assumed the position as of June 1, 2017, succeeding former president and CEO Steve Vetter. Mr. McPhail brings over 20 years of leadership experience at nonprofit organizations across the U.S. and Latin America and the Caribbean.

“I am excited and honored to lead Partners of the Americas and build on the organization’s strong legacy,” said Mr. McPhail. “I am inspired by Partners’ 50+ year commitment to building partnerships for economic development, health, global citizenship, and education throughout the United States and Latin America; a region I consider home.”

With over two decades of experience in organizational leadership, Mr. McPhail is a seasoned expert in partnership building, strategic planning, and stakeholder engagement. He is passionate about community development in Latin America and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in El Salvador. After his service, he remained in country for a total of over fifteen years, marrying a Salvadoran doctor and raising their three daughters.

“On behalf of the Board of Directors, I am pleased to welcome John as the next president and CEO of Partners of the Americas. His leadership, strategic thinking, and experience living in Latin America, make him the right person to drive the mission and vision of the organization forward,” said Chairwoman Karen Graham.

Mr. McPhail brings significant experience as a country and regional director for international nonprofits including Save the Children, World Vision, and Project Concern International. He has held leadership positions on the Boards of numerous local nonprofits and associations in El Salvador, providing operational and strategic direction. He coordinated or co-coordinated  multiple national and regional networks in Central America in health, water & sanitation and agriculture/food security.  Mr. McPhail received a BSc in Civil Engineering from MIT and a Master's in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois / Urbana-Champaign.​


The mission of Partners of the Americas is to connect people and organizations across borders to serve and to change lives through lasting partnerships. These partnerships create opportunity, foster understanding, and solve real-life problems. Inspired by President Kennedy and founded in 1964 under the Alliance for Progress, Partners is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization with international offices in Washington, D.C. Learn more at or via Twitter @partnersamerica.