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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.

Jeremy Barnicle, Chief Development and Communications Officer
Jeremy Barnicle oversees resource development, marketing and communications for the organization. For almost 20 years, he has worked at the intersection of politics, media and foreign policy. Before coming to Mercy Corps in 2005, he worked with the U.S. State Department, on Capitol Hill, with several consulting firms, and at the Associated Press. He has lived and worked in Afghanistan, Bosnia, Hungary, and Sierra Leone. He has a BA in public policy from Vanderbilt University and a master of public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University, where he serves on the dean’s advisory council.

Mignon Mazique, Executive Counselor
Mignon Mazique manages Mercy Corps' Leadership and Organizational Effectiveness department, focusing on attracting, developing and supporting global leaders and cultivating a culture of innovation. She has a PhD in Organization Behavior and Administrative Sciences from Yale and has worked as a consultant and instructor in the field for more than 30 years.

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.