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Longtime public finance expert and TriMet CFO Beth deHamel joins Mercy Corps

September 17, 2012

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PORTLAND, Ore. - The global humanitarian agency Mercy Corps announced today that Beth deHamel has joined the organization as Chief Financial Officer. DeHamel brings 28 years of finance and senior management experience to her new role at Mercy Corps. She begins her tenure on September 17th and will be based at the organization’s global headquarters in Portland.

“Beth has a passion for our mission and a humble desire to learn, along with a strong commitment to ensure the best financial management and services possible,” said Neal Keny-Guyer, CEO, Mercy Corps, “She’s a highly-respected leader in the Portland community and we are very fortunate to get someone of her experience and stature. We know she will make an outstanding CFO and we are thrilled to welcome Beth to our team.”

Prior to joining Mercy Corps, deHamel served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) for nearly 4 years, where she oversaw TriMet’s $1 billion annual capital and operating budget, as well as the agency’s debt management, audit and accounting, and investment portfolio. Prior to TriMet, deHamel was the Vice President and Manager of Northwest Public Finance for Goldman Sachs & Co. For 4 years at Goldman Sachs, deHamel was the lead banker for over $5 billion public power and infrastructure project financings. Before that, deHamel spent 5 years at Morgan Stanley, as Executive Director of the Public Finance Department.

Earlier in her career, deHamel spent a decade and a half in New York working as Managing Director and Vice President of Municipal Capital Markets for BT Securities Corporation and as Vice President of Municipal Investment Banking for PainWebber, Inc.

In her new role with Mercy Corps, deHamel will help drive the strategy of the organization by leading Mercy Corps’ Finance and IT teams, carefully stewarding resources and ensuring Mercy Corps’ overall financial health. She will also develop and oversee internal accountability and compliance systems which are critical in supporting Mercy Corps’ innovation programs reaching the world’s development challenges.

“I am excited to join an organization where people feel great about coming to work every day,” said deHamel. “Mercy Corps has a great mission and finance touches all aspects of it. I am eager to learn and lend my perspective to areas such as our micro-finance and micro-insurance programs that are using innovative tools to bring people out of poverty.”

As a board member to multiple non-profits in the community, deHamel shows personal dedication in helping others. Currently, deHamel serves on the boards of CareOregon, Children First for Oregon and Oregon Facilities Authority. Previously, deHamel sat on the boards of the Lake Oswego School District Foundation, National Women’s Leadership Initiative, Dean’s Alumni Leadership Council Harvard Kennedy School, OMSI, and others.

DeHamel attended Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, where she earned a Master’s of Public Policy. She received her Bachelors of Arts in Economics and Public Policy from Duke University.