Mercy Corps

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A Scotsman article indicates that Mercy Corps work closely with the military in war torn areas and interpenetrate with them (and other government agencies) to some degree. A more critical report on Democracy Now! titled Ngo-Pentagon Collaboration? asserts that certain NGOs have also been participating in simulation exercises and coordination and training activities with the Department of Defense, and received US funds including: the International Rescue Committee, World Vision, Save the Children, the International Medical Corps, and Mercy Corps. It is inferred that NGOs deemed 'friendly' to the US are enabled to operate in Iraq, while those more critical of US policy would be disadvantaged."



  • Nancy Lindborg, President: Directed the organization's launch of programs in Iraq, Afghanistan, the Balkans, North Korea and tsunami-affected areas of southern Asia. Serves as Vice-President on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Global Leadership Campaign. In critical roles as co-chair of the National Committee on North Korea and Chair of the InterAction North Korea working group, she leads efforts to advance, promote and facilitate engagement between citizens of the United States and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. She is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the USAID Advisory Committee on Voluntary Foreign Aid. Lindborg served from 2000-2005 on the Sphere Management Committee, an international initiative to improve the effectiveness and accountability of NGOs, and chaired that committee from 2000-2004. Before joining Mercy Corps in 1996, Lindborg managed economic development programs as a regional director in post-Soviet Central Asia and worked in the private sector as a public policy consultant in Chicago and San Francisco.
  • Neal Keny-Guyer Chief Executive Officer a social entrepreneur "committed to creating a better and more just world." Joined Mercy Corps in 1994 as Chief Executive Officer. Under his aegis, Mercy Corps has emerged as a leading international relief and development organization with ongoing operations in nearly 40 countries, a staff of more than 3,400, and an annual operating budget of $229 million. Keny-Guyer began his career with Communities In Schools in 1976 working with at-risk youth in the inner cities of Washington. Then moved to Thailand in 1980 with CARE/UNICEF. In 1982, he began his tenure with Save the Children.

As Save the Children's Director of Middle East, North Africa and Europe, Keny-Guyer managed a $44 million budget and supervised 900 staff in 10 countries. He designed and implemented development programs in Lebanon, West Bank/Gaza and Sudan. Currently serves on the boards of ImagineNations, InterAction, Yale School of Management Board of Advisors and Nike Foundation Advisory Group.

  • Dan O'Neill : Founder of Mercy Corps, O'Neill's international service began on a volunteer mission in 1972. Working in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East as a 'journalist' O'Neill witnessed Idi Amin's reign of terror in Uganda, terrorism at the 1972 Munich Olympics, and war in the Middle East, including civil war in Lebanon and the October 1973 war. Later he would 'witness' the 1982 Israeli invasion of Lebanon and subsequent war atrocities in Sudan, Somalia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Kosovo and other global hotspots.

In 1979 O'Neill co-founded Save the Refugees Fund, an emergency relief task force to assist Cambodian refugees. He served on the White House Cambodian Crisis Committee at the request of Rosalynn Carter.

  • Dr. Landrum Bolling (Director at Large) has served as a senior advisor to Mercy Corps for much of the organization's history. He was for more than three years Mercy Corps' senior representative in the Balkans, stationed in Sarajevo working with local and national government officials, religious leaders and non-governmental organizations in Bosnia he developed initiatives for inter-ethnic and inter-religious cooperation and recognition.. He also serves as President of Pax World Service, an affiliate of Mercy Corps that promotes citizen diplomacy.

Bolling was a senior advisor and Board Member of Conflict Management Group in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a nonprofit agency that originated from the Harvard University Program in Negotiation, and is now a division of Mercy Corps. He is also a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington. He was also a research professor at The Institute for the Study of Diplomacy of Georgetown University School of Foreign Service.

A journalist at the beginning of his career, he was a foreign correspondent with assignments in Rome, Vienna and Berlin and served as a war correspondent with Tito's Partisans in World War II, covering the liberation of Sarajevo from Hitler's occupation army. Dr. Bolling has written or co-authored several books, including Search for Peace in the Middle East, This is Germany, Private Foreign Aid, Reporters Under Fire, and Conflict Resolution: Track Two Diplomacy.

Dr. Bolling also served as President of the Lilly Endowment, one of the largest grant-making foundations in the world, and as Chief Executive Officer of the Council on Foundations.

The Mercy Corps web site states: "Beginning in the administration of President Jimmy Carter, when direct official communication between Washington and the PLO was forbidden, he was one of the informal, "nonofficial" links entrusted with delivering messages between the White House and the State Department and top Palestinian leaders."


  • Senator Mark O. Hatfield, Honorary Chair
  • Robert D. Newell, JD, Chair: partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, one of the Northwest's largest and leading law firms with offices throughout the United States and overseas.
  • Linda A. Mason, Vice-Chair: Chairman and co-founder of Bright Horizons Family Solutions, the nation's largest provider of worksite early education, serving more than 40,000 families in the United States, the United Kingdom and Ireland. She is an author, a trustee of Yale University and a former co-director of Save the Children's emergency program in Sudan.
  • Brigadier Allan Alstead: Former Chief Executive of Sport Scotland, the government agency responsible for the management of Scotland's domestic and international sporting events and activities. While serving in the Army, Allan was responsible for treaty making in Brussels.

served as a 19-year-old second lieutenant in Malaya

  • Dr. Jay A. Barber, Jr.: President of Warner Pacific College and has been active in politics, church and voluntary organizations. He is the former President of Oregon Health Sciences University Foundation.
  • Phyllis Dobyns: Former Senior Vice President with Save the Children and serves on prominent boards of children's organizations.
  • Elizabeth Goebel: Chief Financial Officer and business owner in the private sector and sits on boards of several voluntary organizations. She supports the needs of children and families in Central America and in her home community, Portland.
  • Mark Gordon: co-founder and Chairman of Conflict Management Group. He is Senior Adviser to the Harvard Negotiation Project and Managing Director of Vantage Partners, a negotiation consulting firm.
  • Allen Grossman: Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School since 2000, after joining the faculty in 1998. Prior to this position, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Outward Bound USA for six years.
  • Hannah Jones: Vice President of Corporate Responsibility with Nike. She is responsible for managing Nike's global corporate responsibility efforts including labor compliance, sustainability and business integration, global community affairs, stakeholder engagement and regional corporate responsibility programs. Hannah began her career as a reporter, researcher and producer for the social action unit of BBC Radio One and Radio Five.
  • [Neal L. Keny-Guyer]]: See above.
  • Dusty Kidd: Vice President of Compliance with Nike, Inc. Before joining Nike, Kidd worked as a business journalist for Fairchild Publications. He served as congressional correspondent for Fairchild Publications, as Asia correspondent and news director, and as editor and publisher. Kidd served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy.
  • Rick Little: President of the ImagineNations™ Group.
  • Mike Maerz: Former Vice President and General Manager of Internet Products Division and Network Products Division at Intel Corporation. He is also a co-founder of etrieve, Inc. and former President and CEO of The Palace, Inc.
  • David Mahoney: Was appointed to the Symantec, Inc. board of directors in April 2003 and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art board of directors in May 2006. He previously served as co-CEO of McKesson HBOC, Inc. and as CEO of iMcKesson LLC from July 1999 to February 2001. He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and a master's of business administration from Harvard University
  • Daniel W. O'Neill, Co-Founder: Co-founded Save The Refugees Fund in 1979 and founded Mercy Corps in 1981. He is an author and is Chairman of the Board for the Mercy Corps Foundation.
  • Philippe Villers: Currently, he is President of Grainpro, Inc., which provides food security in the developing world using hermetic enclosures. He is also President of Families USA Foundation.
  • Melissa Waggener Zorkin: Waggener Edstrom Worldwide's international reputation as an innovative and premier strategic communications agency. She has provided strategic counsel to major brands including Microsoft, IBM, SAP, AT&T, The Walt Disney Company, Dell, EMI Records, Virgin Interactive, Sega, AMD and Scientific American, and emerging brands including AVI BioPharma and Corixa, and has helped guide many startups to success. Melissa also serves on the creative councils for a number of worldwide brands.

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