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Mercy Corps Appoints Executives for Fundraising, Global Partnerships

October 18, 2010

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The global relief and development agency Mercy Corps announced two changes to the executive leadership team. Paul Dudley-Hart, with more than 25 years of senior management experience, will assume the role of senior vice president for global partnerships and alliances. Simultaneously, Jeremy Barnicle will become the chief development and communications officer. Barnicle has been a leader of fundraising and communications efforts at Mercy Corps for almost six years.

Hart – in a newly created position at Mercy Corps – will help the agency tap into talent, ideas and resources in emerging centers of global leadership, such as China, the Gulf States, Singapore, India and Brazil. This new role is indicative of Mercy Corps’ aim to expand its international network of alliances, partnerships and donors.

"To be a truly global organization, Mercy Corps must form connections and alliances in emerging economies like China and India. Paul, with his expansive world view and outstanding leadership experience, is the ideal person to drive these efforts.” said Neal Keny-Guyer, Mercy Corps’ chief executive officer. “We are excited to start this next chapter and see the possibilities it brings to the agency.”

Hart previously served as Mercy Corps’ senior vice president of resource development for three years. He first joined Mercy Corps’ senior management team in 2003 as director-at-large, focusing on funding diversification, strategic alliances, global governance and major new agency initiatives. His achievements have included managing Mercy Corps' merger with Cambridge, Mass.-based Conflict Management Group, overseeing the agency’s Asian market initiatives, supervising the material aid unit and launching the agency’s climate change initiative. Hart also served as Mercy Corps’ interim country director in Iraq in 2003, and has been a frequent visitor to field programs.

Hart’s career includes 10 years as CEO of Pacific Crest Outward Bound School as well as time serving as director of development and international and industry programs at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, where his tenure included involvement in the discovery of RMS Titanic. Over the course of 20 years in oceanography, Hart has managed marine and environmental survey programs in Uruguay, Argentina, Brazil, Cambodia, Vietnam, Algeria, Egypt, the U.K., Mozambique and Guyana.

In his new role, Jeremy Barnicle will oversee Mercy Corps' marketing, communications, and private fundraising – which includes individuals, corporations, and foundations. In the past decade, gross private revenue has become an increasingly important source of funding for Mercy Corps, growing from $9 million in 2002 to nearly $48 million in 2010.

"Jeremy brings a unique mix of Mercy Corps experience, professional talents and personal attributes to this position," said Keny-Guyer. "We are thrilled that he has accepted this new set of responsibilities, and we are confident that his leadership will take us to even greater heights in the years to come."

Barnicle joined Mercy Corps as communications director in early 2005, shortly after the devastating Indian Ocean tsunami and in the middle of the unprecedented media and donor response it elicited. He most recently served as vice president of marketing and communications, overseeing communications, creative services, marketing and mass-market fundraising, both online and offline.

Prior to joining Mercy Corps, Barnicle had spent a decade working at the intersection of politics, media, and foreign policy, including postings in Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Sierra Leone.