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Candace Osunsade

Global Chief People & Diversity Officer/EVP Human Resources

Candace’s role

Candace joined CRS as our new EVP/Global Chief People and Diversity Officer in October 2020. Candace is an award-winning, respected, industry thought leader with expertise in transformational change. She comes to us most recently from the U.S. National Aquarium (located in Baltimore) where she was the Senior VP/Chief Administrative Officer.

In her new role, Osunsade will lead HR teams at CRS’ global headquarters in Baltimore and their support for HR teams in country programs around the world. With upwards of 7,000 staff globally, she will spearhead strategic initiatives to support CRS’ talented, mission-driven global team.

Education and other roles

A graduate of Cornell University, Osunsade is a certified Senior Human Resource Professional, a Non-Profit Standards of Excellence Consultant and an Executive Leadership Coach. In 2015, Osunsade was recognized as the Non-Profit Chief Human Resource Officer of the Year by HRO Today and, most recently, as one of the Top 100 Women in Maryland by The Daily Record. She is an active member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Executive Alliance, and the Women’s Business Council. Osunsade is also actively engaged in the Baltimore community as a Board Member for Building Steps, Associated Black Charities, St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and the Maryland Governor’s Tourism and Development Commission.

More about Candace

Candace is a committed supporter of organizations in Baltimore and West Africa with missions focused on improving educational access and outcomes for under-served students. She maintains a home in Nigeria from which she bases her work in West Africa focused on growing women leaders. Candace and her husband Kayode Osunsade, an architect, are the proud parents of three children: Christopher Olumide, a securities analyst; Zachary Olumuyiwa, a University of Maryland graduate student; and Kezia Oluseyi, a Cornell University Law student.