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Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO
Neal Keny-Guyer is a social entrepreneur committed to creating a more just and peaceful world. A native of Tennessee, Keny-Guyer holds a BA in Public Policy and Religion from Duke University and an MA in Public and Private Management from Yale University. Mr. Keny-Guyer joined Mercy Corps in 1994 as Chief Executive Officer. Read Neal's full bio ▸

Andrea Koppel, VP of Global Engagement and Policy
Andrea Koppel directs advocacy and outreach efforts to engage leaders and the public with issues that most affect Mercy Corps' work. She previously worked in public affairs and communications strategy, after a long career as a journalist at CNN, including eight years as the network's State Department correspondent.

Barnes Ellis, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Barnes Ellis joined Mercy Corps to lead the legal team after retiring from Stoel Rives, LLP, where he was a leading national and international business litigator. He attended Yale University and Harvard Law School, and has nearly 50 years of experience as an attorney.

Beth deHamel, Chief Financial Officer
Beth deHamel stewards Mercy Corps' financial resources and ensures strict accountability standards. She was previously the CFO at TriMet, the Portland region's public transportation agency, after holding executive positions at various financial services firms. She serves as a board member for several Oregon nonprofits.

Craig Redmond, SVP of Programs
Craig Redmond leads Mercy Corps' program operations and development, as well as financial services, innovations and emergency responses around the world. He has been with Mercy Corps since 2000 and served in a variety of leadership roles in the field, including Regional Program Director for South and Southeast Asia. Prior to Mercy Corps, he worked with the U.N.

Dara Royer, Chief Development and Marketing Officer
Dara Royer oversees resource development, marketing and communications for the organization. Prior to joining Mercy Corps in 2013, she worked for a world-renowned fundraising organization, ALSAC/St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Dara started her career as an Emmy and AP award-winning television journalist with ABC, CBS and NBC affiliates across the country. She received her BA in History from Indiana University in Bloomington.

Nigel Pont, Chief People and Strategy Officer
Nigel Pont oversees Mercy Corps’ organizational strategy, leadership development, human resources and more. He has been with Mercy Corps since 1997 and served in a variety of roles in the field including Regional Program Director for the Middle East. During a sabbatical in 2010-2011, Pont was a fellow at the Carr Center for Human Rights at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. He holds a master’s degree in coaching and consulting for change from Oxford and the French business school HEC Paris.

Simon O'Connell, Executive Director of Mercy Corps European Headquarters & SVP for Global Partnerships
Simon O’Connell has been the Executive Director of Mercy Corps’ European entity and Senior Vice President for Global Partnerships since early 2015. An experienced and entrepreneurial development professional with almost two decades living and working in numerous countries in Africa, Simon has responsibility for Mercy Corps’ European headquarters and oversees a global portfolio of programmes supported by our European partners. Passionate about promoting equitable opportunity and catalysing positive change, Simon’s main areas of expertise are in setting strategy, leading teams and fostering partnership; particularly new partnership models in fragile environments. Prior to his current role, Simon was Mercy Corps Regional Director for West and Central Africa, managing an annual budget of over $70 million and supervising a team of more than 600.