Senior Vice President, Chief Impact Officer
Margaret manages World Vision’s public-sector donor relationships and a global portfolio of publicly and privately funded projects designed to empower vulnerable children and families around the world. She focuses on helping to ensure the highest technical quality across World Vision’s sector work to effectively empower and build the resilience of communities and households. As a champion for World Vision’s advocacy efforts, she has testified before Congress on issues affecting children and families living in poverty around the world.
Margaret began her career in international development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania, quickly realizing that this was work she was called to do. Her career has encompassed living and working in developing countries with a variety of humanitarian organizations in addition to World Vision, where she first worked from 1998 to 2003 — including the International Rescue Committee, CARE, and Save the Children. Returning to World Vision in 2012, Margaret served as national director in Ethiopia and regional leader in East Africa, strengthening the leadership of nine country offices.
“While living in Ethiopia for many years, I saw firsthand the deep needs of vulnerable families who struggled to provide for their children — a better life and hope for the future. I also witnessed how holistic investments that empower and engage families and communities could transform their lives, enabling children to flourish with dignity and the fulfillment of their rights. The work I do reflects my values and God’s calling to do good in the world. I keep the Prayer of St. Francis — which compels us to offer God’s love in practical ways — posted on my wall as a reminder of this.”
—Margaret Schuler, Senior Vice President, Chief Impact Officer
Margaret holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science/physiology from Washington State University and a master’s in international affairs from Ohio University.
She and her husband, Tsegahun Tessema, have two children and live in Springfield, Virginia.