Board of Directors

Linda Mason

Linda Mason, Co-Chair
Linda Mason, Boston, Massachusetts, is Chair and Founder of Bright Horizons, the largest worldwide provider of worksite childcare and early education. Bright Horizons operates more than 850 high quality child development centers for employers in 45 states, Europe and India. She is the former co-director of Save the Children's emergency program in Sudan. Ms. Mason currently serves as Leader-in-Residence at the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Read Linda's full bio ▸

Allen Grossman

Allen Grossman, Co-Chair
Allen Grossman, Boston, Massachusetts, has served as a Professor of Management Practice at Harvard Business School since 2000, after joining the faculty in 1998. Prior to joining HBS in 1998, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of Outward Bound USA for six years. Read Allen's full bio ▸

Bob Newell

Bob Newell, Treasurer
Bob Newell, Lake Oswego, Oregon, is partner with Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, one of the Northwest’s largest and leading law firms with offices throughout the U.S. and overseas. Read Bob's stories ▸

Scott Brown

Scott Brown, Director
Scott Brown, Hanover, New Hampshire, is the CEO and co-founder of New Energy Capital Corp., a New England-based company with investments in biofuels, renewable power generation, and on-site cogeneration assets. Mr. Brown’s career in the renewable energy sector has included positions as a member of the founding management team of First Solar, Inc., and the President of Glasstech Solar, Inc. Mr. Brown was also a founding member of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School, and was the President of Conflict Management Group, Inc. from 1992-1996.

Ryan Crocker

Ryan Crocker, Director
Ambassador Ryan Crocker, College Station, Texas, is Dean of the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University. Previously, he served 37 distinguished years in the U.S. Foreign Service, including as U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Syria, Kuwait and Lebanon. Ambassador Crocker received the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian award, in 2009.

Gun Denhart

Gun Denhart, Director
Gun Denhart, Portland, Oregon, co-founded the Hanna Andersson children's clothing company in 1983. Through her leadership, the company has become known for its high quality clothing made from soft cotton materials, as well as community involvement and family-friendly work practices. Gun Denhart and successful entrepreneur Laury Hammel also co-authored the book Growing Local Value.

Mark Gordon

Mark Gordon, Director
Mark Gordon, Boston, Massachusetts, was a co-founder and Chairman of the Conflict Management Group and the Senior Adviser to the Harvard Negotiation Project. He is Managing Director of Vantage Partners, a negotiation consulting firm, and co-author of “The Point of the Deal: How to Negotiate When ‘Yes’ Is Not Enough”.

Lucy Lee Helm

Lucy Lee Helm, Director
Lucy Helm, Seattle, Washington, is Starbucks’ Executive Vice President and Chief Partner Officer. Ms. Helm has been a partner (employee) at Starbucks since 2000. In her role, she leads the global Law & Corporate Affairs department, in 16 offices around the world. She also supports the Starbucks Board of Directors, and serves as a member of the company’s senior leadership team. In addition to her work at Starbucks, Lucy serves on the board of the Washington YMCA Youth & Government Program; on the advisory board of Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit disability law center; and as the co-chair for the Campaign for Equal Justice.

Neal Keny-Guyer

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

Gisel Kordestani

Gisel Kordestani, Vice Chair
Gisel Kordestani, Atherton, California, is the co-founder and COO of Crowdpac, a new marketplace to transform politics and an advisor to Singularity Holdings. Previously, she was the former Director of New Business Development for Global Developer Platforms and Emerging Markets at Google. Ms. Kordestani holds a M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.A. in international affairs from the American University in Paris.

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon

Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, Director
Gayle Lemmon, Los Angeles, California, is the New York Times best-selling author of "The Dressmaker of Khair Khana" and a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations with the Women and Foreign Policy program. Previously, Mrs. Lemmon covered public policy and emerging markets for the global investment firm PIMCO, after working for nearly a decade as a journalist with ABC News. Gayle graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and received an MBA from Harvard, as well as the 2006 Dean’s Award for her work on women’s entrepreneurship.

David Mahoney

David Mahoney, Director
David Mahoney, San Francisco, California, is a private equity investor and the former Co-CEO of McKesson HBOC and CEO of iMcKesson LLC. He serves on the board of Symantec, Inc., Corcept Therapeutics, and Adamas Pharmaceuticals as well as a trustee of the Schwab Mutual Funds and SFMOMA. He has a bachelor's degree from Princeton University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Tom Murray

Tom Murray, Director and Chair Mercy Corps Europe
Tom Murray has been Chairman of the Mercy Corps Europe Board since November 2015. Leading lawyer and Chairman at Gillespie Macandrew LLP in Edinburgh, Tom’s special interests are charities & NGOs, trusts & tax. He is one of the few lawyers accredited as a specialist in Charity law by the Law Society of Scotland and serves on its Charity Law committee. Read Tom's full bio ▸

Melissa Waggener Zorkin

Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Director
Melissa Waggener Zorkin, Bellevue, Washington, is CEO, President and Founder of Waggener Edstrom Worldwide. Today, Waggener Edstrom is the world’s second largest independent communications agency reaching more than 100 international markets. Melissa has been recognized for her contributions to global and local initiatives that lift women out of poverty through education and entrepreneurial training, notably in Ethiopia, and together with her family has supported women and children in Ghana through a school library and an orphanage. Working in partnership with Mercy Corps, Melissa supports the organization’s global imperative on gender inequality through the ACT for Impact program.

George A. Papandreou

George A. Papandreou, Director
George A. Papandreou served as Greece’s Prime Minister on the outbreak of the Greek financial crisis, managing to avoid his country’s bankruptcy, whilst applying a series of structural reforms for modernizing his country. As an MP (1981-2015), he served in several government posts, as undersecretary of Culture and Minister of Education, before becoming Foreign Minister from 1999-2004. Currently he is the President of the Socialist International, the largest global political family. The SI brings together 153 social democratic, socialist and Labour parties from all continents.

Kevin Ryan

Kevin Ryan Director
Kevin P. Ryan is one of the leading Internet entrepreneurs in New York, having founded several businesses, including Business Insider, MongoDB, GILT and Zola. Combined, these companies have raised more than $500 million in venture capital funding and currently employ almost 2,000 people. Previously, Kevin helped build DoubleClick from 1996 to 2005, first as President and later as CEO. In 2013, Kevin was named one of “The 100 Most Influential New Yorkers of the Past 25 Years” by the Observer.

Vijaya Gadde

Vijaya Gadde Director
Vijaya Gadde, Esq., Vijaya Gadde is Twitter's Chief Legal Officer, overseeing the company's legal, public policy, compliance and trust & safety teams. In this role, Gadde works to keep the people using Twitter safe and helps to promote a healthy service that allows for a diverse range of information and opinions to be shared and discussed. Prior to joining Twitter in 2011, Vijaya was senior director, legal at Juniper Networks; previously, for nearly a decade, she was an associate at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. Ms. Gadde holds a B.S. in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Dan O’Neill

Dan O’Neill, Founder, non-voting member
Dan O’Neill, Sammamish, Washington, co-founded Save The Refugees Fund in 1979 and founded Mercy Corps in 1981. He is an author.