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Mercy Corps' Neal Keny-Guyer: In failing nations, it's all about community

September 20, 2010

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Richard Read

The Oregonian
September, 2010

Keny-Guyer, 56, has helped build the Portland-based nonprofit into a $300 million organization with 3,800 employees in 40 countries. Mercy Corps feeds, shelters and supports people in remote corners afflicted by wars and natural disasters.

In July, Keny-Guyer met with Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou and aides on a Grecian island -- then hopped into Gaza to review Mercy Corps' West Bank programs. Back in Portland, he directed operations from Mercy Corps' global headquarters, which opened last October in Old Town.

Keny-Guyer took time recently over breakfast to discuss the relief-and-development agency's projects and trends in humanitarian work. Questions and answers have been edited for brevity and clarity.