Biography of Mr. James Earl "Chip" Carter, III


Chip Carter worked at Friendship Force International from 1995 to 2004.  Joining the organization as First Vice President, he became President and Chief Executive Officer in 1998.  The Friendship Force is a not-for-profit providing an international exchange program that organizes adult home stays with clubs in 57 countries.  As President he focused on establishing clubs in Islamic countries to foster the development of friendships and cultural understanding between Christians and Muslims.

Prior to his leadership with Friendship Force, Chip was an international business consultant representing corporations and non-profits across the globe.  His specialty was establishing relationships with government, political, and corporate leaders in Africa, the Middle East, and China.

While Chip’s father, Jimmy Carter, was President of the United States, Chip traveled extensively as liaison in the U.S., and served as an official representative in 22 countries.  After leaving the White House, Chip formed Carter/Smith and Associates, a partnership which ran or consulted with 75 political campaigns in the U.S.

As a volunteer, Chip has represented The Carter Center as an election observer in 14 international elections and served as personal emissary for his parents to support humanitarian projects in multiple troubled locations in Africa.  Chip has also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity International, building homes during eight international projects and eight states in the U.S.